The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, with nearly 3,500 shows. This year, Playbill is in Edinburgh for the entire month in August for the festival and we’re taking you with us. Follow along as we cover every single aspect of the Fringe, aka our real-life Brigadoon!
Fall and Flow, a non-verbal production on tour at the Edinburgh Fringe, brings the audience into the world of Hong Kong action films with dance, physical theater, and kung fu. The show is produced by Theatre de la Feuille, a Hong Kong physical theatre company. See the intricate choreography of Fall and Flow above, in this Playbill-exclusive video.
In Fall and Flow, the performers establish scenes and progress relationships without the use of their voices, conjuring tropes from popular action films with simple mimed gestures. Then, all at once, the stage is filled with kicking, flipping, and (implied) disembowelment. Though there are hardly any props on stage, you imagine the set is crowded with swords, armor, and blood.
Directed and stage designed by Ata Wong Chun Tat, the production makes creative use of the singular piece of set decoration: a thick white rope laid in a circle around the main action. At times, the rope forms the contours of a room, the tail of a dog, and the garments of a successful fighter. A lone musician plays a variety of instruments off the side of the stage. When he rings out a cymbal, you’ll hear the metallic grind of a sword leaving its sheath—and you might think you see the blade, too.
Fall and Flow runs until August 27 at the Underbelly Cowgate, Big Belly venue. Get tickets here.