Love All @ Assembly Roxy
Directed by Donal Gallagher, Love all narrates the tale of Irish tennis player Vere St. Ledger Goold, hailed as the bright spark of Irish tennis, as well as winner of the inaugural Irish tennis championship and the first Irish Wimbledon finalist. The production approaches storytelling with wide smiles and bright eyes taken from the most clichéd idea of performing. However, clichés get to be clichés for a reason.
The main plot itself, though based on a true story, is fantastical and exaggerated. With only two performers and a smorgasbord of characters to portray, things could get confusing but the simple methods of identification given in the performers' physicality keeps everything clear and showcases their talent. The ability to hold exaggerated 'Zoolander' style facial expressions for any length of time is a skill not many people possess.
The wild Shakespearean references and copious props do prove difficult to manage yet forgotten props, technical glitches and hurt feelings can't put a dampener on the action. However interrupted, the show must go on. This is a show where the increasingly popular technique of performed ineptitude, breaking character and breaking the ‘fourth wall’ really aids the story.
Amusing, exuberant and light-hearted, Love all is an easy and entertaining way to spend an hour (ish. They'll try and go as quick as they can) at the Fringe.