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Ballad of the Burning Star - One4Review

Ballad of the Burning Star

| On 04, Aug 2013


This is the story of two Israels, the state and a Jewish boy named after the state. The play, which is mainly narrative in form, is the brainchild of Nir Paldi who features as director, writer and lead performer. He appears firstly as Star, a drag cabaret artist who engages humorously with the audience to put into context what is to follow, and then, after a quick costume change, as Israel the boy.

He is ably supported by 5 female performers who dance, sing and feature as members of Israel’s family. The female’s costume is interesting – white knee high socks, black knickers and olive green tunics with a military appearance. This links in with the militaristic nature of the state of Israel and the resultant Arab-Israeli conflict. The choreographed routines do succeed in dramatizing situations where bloodshed and terror is an intrinsic part of daily life in both Jewish and Arab communities.

Whilst we may not learn anything new in this production about the nature of persecution both in terms of those perpetrating the violence and the effects on those on the receiving end, there is a high quality of performance sustained throughout, not forgetting the excellent musical accompaniment provided by Adam Pleeth.

Reviewed by Ben

Pleasance Dome; 23

31 July to 26 August 2013 (not 13, 20)

17.15 – 18.35

Fringe Programme Page Number: 258


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