Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Jumping Off The Earth

Jumping Off the Earth is a play about space, both in the sense of outer space and also in the play's use of the theatre space.

The play starts off set in a spaceship, and if the gags are simple they nonetheless kept the audience laughing. The use of the Space Upstairs in Project Arts Centre is enjoyable in its own right: for regular patrons of Project Arts, it'll be a treat to see the space used to its full extent. Aedín Cosgrove, the set and lighting designer for this production, can be proud of the atmosphere (or, well, lack of atmosphere) she's created.

And then... the play veers off course, narrowly avoids crashing right through the fourth wall, and turns into a play about the theatre and the actors. In normal circumstances I'd be annoyed by that, but I expect Fringe plays to take chances. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Jumping Off The Earth is well acted, with excellent stagecraft and moments of brilliant writing, but unfortunately the whole is less than the sum of the parts. It's sufficiently entertaining and original that I'm glad to have seen it, but it can't be at the top of your Fringe "must see" list.

Jumping Off The Earth continues in the Space Upstairs in Project Arts Centre until Saturday 17th September, starting at 8pm and running for 60 minutes. Tickets cost €14/€12.

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