[This is the second part of Erin Horáková’s report from the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Part 1 can be found here.]
Sleeping Trees’s Treelogy consists of three comedy shows, all of which are adaptations: Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree, Treasure Island, and The Odyssey. We saw the last of these offerings. Without costumes, props, lighting more complex than a (lit) bulb, or a set, using only physical comedy and human-produced sounds (think Bjork’s Medulla), the three-man company manages to deliver a cinematic epic, with cyclops battles, ships and all. Their take on the text is loose, so if it’s going to bother you that the hero’s kid is not called Telemachus, maybe skip this one.
Low-fi Fringe shows are either excellent or utterly embarrassing. Odyssey featured a good script, great delivery, genuinely welcome repeated gags, and crisp character work. In terms of sheer skill and polish, we’re definitely in the former camp here. The production, which here consists of sheer prep work, is slick as hell.