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The Tales Revisited - One4Review

The Canterbury Pilgrims present ‘The Tales Revisited’, the group have had some trials bringing the show to Edinburgh. With only a matter of weeks the venue let them down and they had to find a new home for their visit to the fringe.  Thankfully The Zoo venue 124 came to the rescue. I met some of the performers waiting to see the cast after seeing ‘The Odd Couple’ and got talking. On the strength of this conversation I went to see the show and was so glad I did. Topically set on an Underground Tube Train trapped under a cave-in.  We see the actions and reactions of all 10 characters.  The piece is not only well written and directed but also very well performed despite the constrictions of the performance space. Geoffrey Chaucer apparently meant to write 29 tales in the original Canterbury Tales but only managed 12. What if he were writing these tales today? What sort of people would he use? Alex Chua has written and directed his version of 10 of the missing ones.  I particularly like a quote from his character ‘The Writer’ “I try to write. Express. Write. Speak. Silent speaking. Written words. They try to scream.” *****

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