Edinburgh Festival Fringe show review: Flight, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
A GENTLE, easy air pervades this family-focused semi-adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince by California’s Curbside theatre company, although adults may be more able to appreciate the power and precision which pervades the subtle gymnastic dance movements that help tell the story.
There’s also a sweet reverse in that the Prince here is female, and the moment the pilot searching the desert for her hears this fact, he dismisses his initial doubts with a blunt: “Why not?”
The Little Prince has journeyed from the island – infested with creaking, cracking, fast-growing “bottle trees” – on which she lives, rather than the alien planet of the original, visiting other islands filled with fantastical characters along the way.
Pilot and narrator Ezra LeBank’s storytelling flows like a calming stream throughout, and the visual effect of the piece is striking, with Cynthia Price and Taylor Casas using their physicality to support the pilot in a rattling old jalopy made of their own bodies, to take us on the back of a crab through the oceans and to create the hypnotically ringing counter of the businessman who says he owns the waves and counts them all day long.
Perhaps best recommended for older children, Flight is a fantastical visual feast created from nothing.
Assembly Roxy (Venue 139)
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015