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Best of BE Festival

The Lowry, 14 September 2011

Best of BE Festival

You are given three terrific shows taken from this year’s BE Festival in Birmingham.

Out of the blocks first was ‘Think Fish, Part 1’ from Austrian outfit cie Laroque/Helene Weinzierl.  This was an often rambunctious dance work which incorporated much edge-of-the-seat comedy.

The second work, ‘Tell Me the Truth’, came from French company Autour du Mime and won the Festival‘s Best Performer award.  One could easily see why: it had lyricism, comedy, yearning emotion.  All absorbing, that would be an apt summary.  Love was the topic of the work: love as unbearable torment and bliss, absurd yet poignant.  Apparently inspired by a Prevert poem, it was perfectly realised in performance.

To end, there was ‘El Desierto’ from the UK’s own Move to Stand Theatre Company.  Much more than the other two, this was a narrative work.  Several failed attempts to have a child create fractures in a couple’s relationship.

Besides the excellent theatrical entertainment there was free grub up for grabs in the interval, so you can’t really go wrong with this one.  So go along.  Love.  Eat.  Applaud.

Best of BE Festival is at The Lowry tonight then it moves to Bracknell.  Full tour dates are here.