Arts Review: Save + Quit – Edinburgh Fringe

Hairpin Productions, Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), 19 – 21 and 23 – 29 August 2016

I was wandering aimlessly around George Square when a black and white flyer landed in my hand. “Go see it, it’s great!” I had time on my hands and decided to trust it.

Four young adults share their stories on stage for what feels like a few minutes, but is actually one hour. Two Londoners who don’t know each other meet, while two Dubliners who are more than friends separate. Aside from two chairs, the small stage remains completely bare. But the four characters fill it with their presence, and a myriad of colourful, diverse, sometimes funny, often lovable people who come to life with a change of posture and intonation appears. Their stories hit home, and even if each of them remains alone in their spotlight, the audience feels the connections and disconnections to their world. Either helping one another or tearing each other apart, the speakers are all different, interesting individuals skilfully capturing the essence of their life in their respective cities.

The versatility of the acting is very impressive and makes this show particularly unique: the four speakers become as much part of their surroundings as their surroundings becomes part of them.

When the stage abruptly went dark, I had to force myself to snap back into my own life. I had lost myself in the writing, which was so genuine it seemed to give me an hour that was more real than my own day in Edinburgh. Incredibly poignant and original, my only regret was that there wasn’t more.

If a Save + Quit flyer comes your way during the Fringe, trust it. It deserves it. 

[Isabelle Ribe]

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