The System (Edinburgh Fringe)
The System, an award-winning South African production, comes to Just the Tonic at The Caves
This could form the premise for a deeply painful political play, but instead it is offered to us as a beautifully crafted piece of physical theatre and storytelling, held lightly whilst still touching on deep pain, by five actors with African Tree Productions.
On a bare stage in the haunting archway space within Just The Tonic's Big Room they weave three epic tales creating courtrooms, prisons, chases, love in the shower, and unwelcome boyfriends in a trunk. You feel the open spaces they are released into, and the closing in of The System on their lives.
The piece is offered by a company new to Edinburgh at a challenging time for audiences – 10.30am in the morning. I learned about it at a Promoters Breakfast surrounded by people asking me to squeeze yet another show into a bursting schedule from 12-8pm when most of the drama is showing.
The System continues in the Big Room at Just the Tonic at The Caves until 25 August 2013