Presented by Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award ’17 and Unpolished Theatre in association with the Pleasance Theatre Trust
Reviewed 14 Feb 2018
How to sum up Flesh And Bone: Shakespeare meets the East Enders whilst communicating with Steven Berkoff and everyone goes ‘totally mental’. This award winning piece from the UK’s Unpolished Theatre is gritty, edgy, in your face and very,very funny. But its overall theme of hardships and the determination to rally and fight against them is always present; especially in the moving Shakespearean-style monologues from actors Alessandro Babalola (Jamal), Elliot Warren (Terry) and Michael Jinks (Reiss). Their presence and emotions make one as focused as they are.
The cast is rounded out by Olivia Brady (Kelly) and Nick T Frost (Granddad). The five cast are the perfect ensemble. The physical movement and timing from all is a joy to watch and they somehow make Shakespeare-like speech spoken with an East London accent extremely believable.
This is raw, exciting theatre done with flair and style. And this reviewer guarantees that you will witness the most hilarious birth to ever occur in a theatre.
Unpolished Theatre should be up in front of the Trades Description Board though, as there is nothing unpolished about this exciting and edgy company.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Venue: Holden Street Theatres – The Studio
Season: Until 18 March 2018
Duration: 70 min
Tickets: $20 – $28