FRINGEWORLD 2018 |The Three Deaths of Ebony Black| 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is not as serious as it sounds – far from it! This light-hearted show is puppetry at its comical finest. These hand-made puppets come to life with intense skill that you see from the outset. This show, created by Amberly Cull works well with a minimalistic environment – where you know that anything goes!

In combination with another puppeteer, these puppets come to life with amusement in how nuanced these characters are. This puppetry requires so much concentration that you forgive them when slight errors occur, as both these performers have improvisation theatre experience and this is clearly displayed. Their natural chemistry is on show with well built up dialogue between the characters. The story slowly comes together to an amusing crescendo, however the manic nature of characters can lead to confusing motives.  This does not matter for the characters embrace silliness to the extreme!

The first puppet is of Ebony Black. Her age is exemplified by weary coughing and slow movement that is contrasted when she boogies down to some well known songs, even doing a bit of the Macarena! This draws large amounts of warmth for the character and so when you see her slowly pass away in her sleep, deep sadness is felt. The other characters that obsess about the inheritance are shallow in reflection of how greed can affect the psyche. To press this point even further, fake vomit is used when two of the characters observe some poverty!

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black is an absurd tale that is perfectly expressed using puppetry. Do see this playful show that is the true essence of FRINGEWORLD 2018.

WHEN: 16 – 25 February 2018 | 6:15pm

WHERE: The Shambles| Fringe Central | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Tickets $22 – $25 | Duration 50 mins | Family friendly | THEATRE



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