Benet Catty Productions

Vanishing Horizon - Edinburgh 2010

Aug 22, 2010

Whatsonstage *****

Idle Motionís production of this new play - in which an aviation expert records a documentary on flight while his wife flies across the world to bury the grandmother she never met - is a masterclass in staging, narrative and theatrical imagination.

In a production owing much to Simon McBurney and Katie Mitchell (but without the technology of the former or the self-regard of the latter), every moment of this 50-minute show is immaculately designed, lit, paced and performed.

If you had your hands over your ears Throughout, you would still be in awe at the visual panache. But you would miss out on a subtle, thoughtful script and a beautiful sound score. The play itself is not just there to allow a succession of clever-clever theatre tricks. It would work as a play if staged conventionally. But itís the inspiring harmony between all the different ingredients which makes it special.

Vanishing Horizon vividly demonstrates that if you have imagination and apply it to every detail, the sky may not even be the limit.

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