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Astrakhan Winter - One4Review

Cambridge University ADC is a company who do not go the tried and tested route with their Fringe productions. Last year they presented Five Visions of the Faithful by Torben Betts and this year give a world premiere to Dic Edwards’ Astrakhan Winter. Neither plays were the easiest to watch, but were professional productions, well directed and acted. This is a dark piece, both in content and the spectacular way it is lit, but probably left far more questions than it answered. This is a complex play, Walker, Luke Roberts, a possibly misguided lecturer from the west, who becomes the leader of a Balkan revolution that effects his personal, professional and emotional life. His ex – con son, Luke, Jay Miller, estranged wife, his mistress and various revolutionary ghosts all inter act to pose the questions but offer few, if any answers. There is live music of predominantly ethnic folk style, albeit some of which is classical and director James Dacre holds the whole production together. So, if you like your theatre challenging, and are prepared to draw your own conclusions, rather than have it all unfold for you, then this is certainly a piece you should enjoy. If you do not fit this mould, then maybe you should see it anyway as it’s professionalism just oozes from this production. ****

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