Lyceum Theatre I The Lover Review

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30b Grindlay St,

The Lover, is a co-production between Lyceum, Scottish Dance Theatre and Scotland’s women’s theatre company Stellar Quines.  It tells a story of Marguerite Duras who at 16, developed a relationship with an older man. The impact of it was later released in a form of a memoir, by the same title in 1984.

Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick’s stage adaptation brings the memoir to life in a touching way by incorporating acting, sound and dance. Susan Vidler gives an incredible performance as the Woman, showcasing her characters strength and the intimacy of the story. Fleur Darkin and her chorography also ensures that despite sex being central in this story, its portrayal is subtle while remaining erotic. Torben Lars Sylvest, the sound designer has done a superb job as some of the songs worked wonderfully, adding to the overall production.

Amy Hollinshead as the Girl is childlike but also controlling, a young girl who understands completely the power she has, while being oblivious to the consequences it may have. The Lover, is definitely worth seeing, as it provides the public with something a little different. It will definitely remain in our memory for a while yet!

And we definitely agree with Lyceum:

“Fusing spoken word, music and evocative dance, this production promises to be an irresistible blast of sensual heat for the dark days of January.”

The Lover does just that!

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