REVIEW – Fairly Knickers Productions – Salamander

RATING: 5/5

SALAMANDER involves the Edinburgh Fringe Pageant from Fairly Knickers Productions, a gripping theatre manufacturing by Mhairi McCall and Cal Ferguson. 

The all-female solid places on an unbelievable present centred on the true story of an unsolved homicide of a prostitute in Leith in 1983. 

This proves particularly related given Edinburgh Council’s latest transfer to ban strip golf equipment within the metropolis.

The present offers with the taboos and misconceptions round intercourse work and humanises the ladies in such professions.  

If nothing else, its an incredible theatre piece, full of unrivalled humour and music. The lighting, stage route, even the accents – all the pieces feels flawless and genuine. 

Salamander is a theatre present that makes heroines of the underrepresented. (C) Niamh Kinane

All of it makes for an emotionally instense play that must be unhappy however someway nonetheless manages to depart you with a smile in your face.

It’s onerous to select one actress, scene or occasion that’s significantly poignant or attention-grabbing as the entire play is executed with precision and finesse.

Administrators and writers spoke to folks current and concerned concerning the unsolved case and their analysis, giving the play a plausible, true-to-life really feel. 

After studying of the homicide, the primary characters cope with the aftermath, having common conferences in a church with a police “prostitute liaison” and an all-too-religious member of the native girl’s guild. 

Coping with the concern all of them really feel being prostitutes and dealing via their grief, the group determine to enter a poetry competitors with poems written in remembrance of their buddy. 

Even the poems are written effectively, actually driving house the grief the group really feel and garnering sympathy from even probably the most stoic viewers members. 

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A robust message of self-worth and acceptance runs proper via the play’s runtime

A tragic twist (no spoilers) is launched in direction of the tip however regardless of this, the play maintains its good humour. 

A superbly written play sustaining a harsh and considerably onerous manner, with out being miserable? It’s no small feat. 

I extremely advocate you discover the time to go and see Salamander this Fringe Pageant when you nonetheless can.

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