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ON A FRINGe short of genuinely international work, it should be a delight to welcome this new show from Nochty Productions of Strathdon, which brings together the Russian director Vasily Senin, and a Scottish and Russian cast, in a short and vivid stage version of Andrey
Platinov’s anti-Stalinist novel
Set in a small town somewhere in europe in the mid-20th century, the show tells the story of a young woman whose husband has gone away to take part in some magnificent Utopian project in the east, leaving her alone with her old father, an elderly stationmaster.
Senin’s production features some exquisite visual imagery, and some memorable sequences of dance and movement. There’s a brilliant use of simple domestic objects – large metal bowls full of water, the father’s railway warning light – to evoke the atmosphere of the time, and to symbolise powerful emotions of hope and yearning, ecstasy and fulfilment.
The show begins to fail, though, whenever the characters open their mouths to speak; the stylised approach that works so well in the dance sequences jars painfully against the naturalism of speech, and the weight of uninspired dialogue. But in some ways this is a memorable debut, and Nochty Productions deserves better luck next time in the search for a style that meets their aspirations.
Until 29 August. Today 8:30pm.