Of Mice & Men was required reading at my high school. I must admit I haven’t read or even thought about it since. Curiosity at viewing a stage interpretation led me to its Fringe performance. Produced by Projection Dance, there were two things that stood: powerful both physically and emotionally and the play’s fantastic score.
When Lennie (Andy Howitt) walks out on stage you’re immediately transported back your school day imagery of Lennie’s hulking silhouette. For me it was an instant, yep, that’s Lennie. His power is on full display throughout the performance with George taking his fair share of beatings. The show weaves its way through their friendship with moments of hilarity, slapstick and deeply moving fall outs.
The 1930s depression era score is fabulous. I loved how the team used it to break up tension from moment to moment and then immediately dived back into the foreboding inevitability of the play.
The performance was different to the traditional array of laughter that accompanies my typical Fringe Festival outings. It is a powerful performance and allows you to connect with the performers in an intimate setting. If you want to re-cant the story of friendship that is George and Lennie this is a wonderful journey to go on.
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Of Mice & Men is playing throughout the Fringe Festival check the website for dates and times.