Presented by Holden Street Theatre Co. In association with Gilded Balloon and Henry Naylor
Reviewed 10 February 2016
Henry Naylor’s Echoes is a beautiful piece of writing, marvellously performed by Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Branganca.
It’s hard to believe that Naylor is one of the comic geniuses behind such television shows as Spitting Image and Dead Ringers when watching Echoes. The script is descriptive and graphic, but with nice touches of political humour.
The story revolves around two women from different religious backgrounds, both growing up in Ipswich, England with remarkably the same future BUT living 175 years apart. The modern day female becomes a Jihadist and moves from London to the East as a caliphate; the Victorian era female moves from London to India as part of the Fishing Fleet – women who sailed to India to be brides to the men establishing the Empire in the far flung corners of the world. Naylor’s well researched script cleverly intertwines the two stories that in the end resonate with familiarity and exactness that shows nothing much has changed in what is expected of one for the sake of religious belief.
Both Houlbrooke and Branganca are gifted actresses and entrance the audience with their power and directness. Their strength and well honed acting skills make their characters plights ours .
Echoes is thought provoking and, quite simply, a brilliant piece of theatre that needs to be on your Fringe ‘to watch’ list.
Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Rating (out of 5): 5
Venue: Holden Street Theatres – The Arch 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Season: 10 February – 13 March 2016
Duration: 1 hour
Tickets: $15 – $26
Bookings: Book through www.adelaidefringe.com.au or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply) or at www.holdenstreettheatres.com