Fringe Review: Ceremony of the innocent

This story tells of the children’s crusade, which it is believed, took place in about 1212, started by a shepherd named Nicholas who they believed to be a saint.

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Presented by Eltham High School/Scrambled Prince Theatre Company
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The audience enters while the cast are moving around the set singing in an angelic manner, dressed in an assortment of rags; they seem to have no set path or direction.

The story they tell is of the children’s crusade, which it is believed, took place in about 1212, started by a shepherd named Nicholas who they believed to be a saint. One of the ensemble stopped the chanting and came forward to commence the tale with Nicholas, a priest and a’ fallen’ woman introduced as the main characters.

The priest continues the narrative with interjections from the woman and the sad tale unfolds. The performers, backed by a fine five-piece group, sounded really beautiful at times and the story flowed well. For the most part the characterisations were good. The priest was the lynch pin of the production and the young man playing Nicholas gave a strong performance as did the woman, who also showed a fine voice.

The production makes us consider the power of religion and the danger of charismatic figures who promise the world. An interesting Fringe production which is hard to slot into any category but is worth a look.

 no program or details available for cast or production crew

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Rating out of 5:3

Venue: Bakehouse Theatre
Season:   6– 11 Mar
Duration:  60 mins
Tickets:  $15.00 –  $25.00
Bookings:  https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/ceremony-of-the-innocent

https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au

https://bakehousetheatre.com

 

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