13 August 2016
The 2004 siege of Number One school in Belsen by Chechen separatists is in danger of fading from Western memory.
This outstanding production by BRONKS ensures you will not forget, and you will always remember this production. The genius of the show is that the performers, Gytha Paramentier and Roman Van Houtven, perform as children presenting a morning assembly.
They chalk out the school buildings on the stage, sing patriotic songs, and are gender competitive in their desire to tell the story ” correctly”. The effect of propaganda and the demands of shaping the story in a way acceptable to the authorities are clear.
Their physical performances are outstanding, the staging highly inventive. Balloons become bombs, string restricts the space, the terror is worked out as a maths calculation. Haunting and mesmerising, this is the best the Fringe has to offer- a devastating piece.