When the company is called Tortoise in a Nutshell you know what you are about to see will be different.
59E59 is a gorgeous theatre complex that highlights British work, often before it goes to Edinburgh. And Tortoise in a Nutshell is an Edinburgh based visual theatre company.
I have never seen anything quite like Feral. 5 cast members. Three mover/filmers, one sound man and another live vision mixer. A complex and technical, white, mostly board and putty set, with teeny, tiny details and Pixar lamps moved and turned on and off in a fluid dance. Live foleys and looped percussion and voice over an expansive and evocative soundtrack.
How it works. A town is built before our eyes as a man draws it. We are introduced to Joe (the man) and his sister. Buildings are brought onto this round, grooved, tilted table and a whole little town and all its characters are populated, and then filmed. Really close up.
Feral is a tiny story about a tiny town that is destroyed when a Supercade (a massive mall) is built where the park used to be. It is a story that moves from the deeply personal to the political and back to the harrowing, devastating personal. And the whole thing happens with minute, magnificent puppetry.
I loved it. I was transported, moved, shifted and completely in awe.