Fourth Monkey's production of the Erpingham Camp is an absolute gem on the fringe. It's a production that somehow manages to posses everything that you could want out of a piece of theatre. Everything about this production works.
Think of a holiday camp for the middle class; similar to the one you may see in Dirty Dancing. Add a very stereotypical middle class conservative couple. A young, not-so-middle class couple, expecting their first child. An employee that seeks a dream of making it as an entertainment organiser, the entertainment, a boss treated like a God and what then ensues, is music, destruction and bloodshed.
Every actor on stage new their role exactly; It was beautiful to watch. So many times with a bold piece like this I have seen actors fail to commit 100% to an action they were doing, and as a result the affect of the movement on the audience is lost. The wide-eyed, almost village idiot type Riley was played hilariously by Sean Delaney. Sarah Chasseaud, playing Mason, worked flawlessly to portray an egotistical performer with an image and a reputation, but with "Nymphomaniac like" tendencies and an entirely different reputation to the one she might have originally wanted.
Even when the chaos on stage was at its fullest; the direction, by Hamish Macdougal, ensured that there was never a moment where you were confused about what you should or shouldn't have been focusing on.
I would highly recommend this show as yet another triumph by Fourth Monkey.
Running from 13th-25th August at 16:00. 1hr 15mins long at The Space on Niddry Street