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Eugénie Grandet - One4Review

Eugénie Grandet

| On 11, Aug 2013


For those like me who have not read Balzac’s 19th novel, this is of little consequence. This adaptation played in period costume and written for the stage by Jonathan Choat stands up as an enjoyable and absorbing piece of theatre in its own right.

In the programme notes, Director Donnacadh O’Briain states the company’s aim is “to seek out the heart of the story and work from there”. This has been achieved by structuring the key events of Eugénie’s life in gently paced scenes celebrating her birthday beginning with her 21st and ending around 10 years later. In the intervening period, Eugénie inherits much wealth from her miserly father but loses Charles, the love of her life due to his selfish disregard.

The episodic approach gives much clarity to the action for it is a complex story of male deception and opportunism with Eugénie being the emotional victim. Jo Hartland gives a wonderfully adept performance in her portrayal of Eugénie as she develops from a spirited, unselfish young woman to a mature, practical individual who despite her disappointments never loses her generous nature.

Reviewed by Ben

Assembly George Square; 3

2 to 26 August 2013 (not 12)

13.00 – 14.20

Fringe Programme Page Number: 277


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