Review: Tumbling After

RedBellyBlack Theatre Company and Productions
SpaceTriplex, Hill Place, Edinburgh – until August 29th
5 Stars (5 / 5)

“We spread ourselves so thin that surface texture is all we feel.”.

If you want to see something truly extraordinary at the fringe this year – you have to get down to SpaceTriplex on Hill Place to see Tumbling After!

RedBellyBlack excel in this transcendent amalgamation of physical theatre, drama, performance art and deeply penetrating comedy which speaks to and from the heart in a contemporary exploration of how two couples may “stumble in and tumble out” of love today. Not just the movement, but the acting, the humour, the dialogue, the interpersonal chemistry, the direction – the characters! – There is no aspect that cannot be commended as Tumbling After offers the full package… and the beautiful surprise is that it was devised over a seven month period drawing directly from the lives of the cast.

Steven Laverty and Kate Goodfellow lend such sensitivity to their movements and personalities – the most sympathetic of the characters. Robert Boulton plays his cheeky lad’s lad with charm and poise, and Marietta Melrose simply dazzles with an enrapturing performance of an extravagant, larger-than-life hedonist who even wrapping herself drunkenly over two unsuspecting audience members in a brilliant semi-improvised exchange, holding her character to the last.

Hypnotic, captivating, moving, infuriating, sexy, and ultimately persuasive: we see elements of ourselves reflected in any (or all) of these four talented performers.