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Review: The Fishermen (Assembly Studios)

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

A stunning adaptation of Chigozie Obioma's book see's two brothers reminisce over a dark past.

This show is excellent. I am not normally so totally enthralled by straight plays at the Edinburgh Fringe, often hoping to be told the story through more than just the words, and that is partly why The Fishermen is such a standout. Not only is the dialogue, adapted by

Gbolahan Obisesan from Chigozie Obioma's award winning book, excellent but the moments of movement and the decision for two actors to multi role all the characters make this a riveting production.

David Alade and Valentine Olukoga give two of the best performances I've seen this fringe. Swiftly slipping in and out of a whole host of characters, each one standing unique from the last through brilliant physical and vocal control. They tell the story, the story of two brothers from Nigeria, who have led different lives since their childhood's took a troubling turn. The Fishermen are the brothers, and the brothers brothers whom are deftly created by the same two actors, and we listen intently as they remember their formative years with spots of happiness and large chunks of guilt and fear.

I won't say more about the story, it is best to hear it from the actor's themselves. I will say that you won't be disappointed and that the direction, from Jack McNamara, is inspired. Especially in an expertly choreographed fight scene that feels almost balletic in its mesmerising nature. The Fishermen is a wonderful piece of theatre, returning to the fringe this year after a spectacularly successful run last year, make sure you catch it before the festival closes.

The Fishermen is on at Assembly Studios until the 24th August, tickets are available here:

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