Jack Gogarty reviews Fourth Monkey's Minotaur at Space 9 on Niddry Street.
A very movement heavy piece, with mystical costumes and wonderful acting. Minotaur takes you through the story of how the legendary Minotaur came to be, how King Minos ordered it to be imprisoned into a maze, and finally it’s demise. The whole story is filled with beautifully choreographed moments which really help to visualise everything that is taking place in an otherwise minimalistic design. The only set and props involved, other than the amazing costumes, is a bull head to represent the Minotaur, superbly created on stage by Bryony Tebbutt, and the floor which is made up of a variety of coloured lights which are later used to help create a maze.
James Bryant, who plays Daedelus, has some fantastic direct address speeches to the audience, which he delivers confidently and with great enthusiasm. He also handles the use of giant pieces of fabric brilliantly so that the creation of the water, and later the sky, is slick as it could possibly be and really gives the imagination a hand in seeing the bigger picture.
Overall this is a magical piece which really captivates you from start to finish.
Runs until the 25th August at 17.45 at Space 9 on Niddry Streety. Tickets are £10.00.