Writer: David Auburn
Director: David Hutchinson
Reviewer: Deborah Klayman
The Public Reviews Rating:
Evocative and elegantly written, Proof is a piece about the fine line between genius and insanity and of four people bound together by blood, duty and mathematics. One of three productions of the play at this year’s Fringe, this version by Sell A Door Theatre Company brings to it their usual mix of superb storytelling and powerful performance.
The play follows Catherine (Holly Easterbrook), the daughter of a brilliant mathematician who fears both that she will never live up to his works and that she could become just like him. The relationship between Easterbrook and Marcus Taylor (Robert) is beautiful in its paradoxical nature, and both actors give sterling performances. Equally engaging is the complex relationship between Catherine and her sister Claire, played to perfection by Amy Burke. Wracked with guilt, fear and resentment the two women circle each other, trying to set aside their history but unable to let go of the past. The presence of Robert’s former student, Hal (Ben Wiggins) only complicates things further as his love for their father, affection for Catherine and fear of failure cloud his judgement when faced with a mathematical dilemma.
This is a faultless production that has been thoughtfully directed and staged. The brilliant cast do not put a foot wrong and the story is intriguing, imaginative and insightful in equal measure; allowing the audience to simply savour every moment. Easterbrook is outstanding in the central role, alternately combative and vulnerable whilst imperceptibly coming apart at the seams. Taylor, Burke and Wiggins provide considerable counterpoint but also show their own strengths as performers, with Taylor’s final appearance as Robert genuinely wrenching the heart. A truly unmissable production that will keep you thinking long after you leave the theatre – this one phenomenal play plus four amazing actors equals a five star show.
Until 27th August
Edinburgh Fringe: Proof – Pleasance Courtyard,
Tags: 2012, Amy Burke, Ben Wiggins, David Auburn, David Hutchinson, Edinburgh Fringe, Holly Easterbrook, Louise Cabral, Marcus Taylor, Phillip Rowntree, Pleasance Courtyard, Proof, Sell-a-Door Theatre Company, Theatre