SAGA

Theatre (satire, absurdist)

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Description

A 60-minute English and Swedish adaptation of August Strindberg's A Dream Play, at a time where the property ladder is near impossible to climb, vloggers are worshipped and millennials are buckling under debt racked up from years of education. Think Alice in Wonderland tumbling through Black Mirror. After a sold-out London run, Saga descends on Edinburgh. 'A superb satirical look at identity politics' **** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Creatively combining elements of social realism, black comedy, satire and surrealism this bilingual production is a gem' **** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'Engaging, entertaining, topical and funny' (LondonPubTheatres.com). 'And yes, there is some ABBA' (BritishTheatre.com).

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Masked Mosquito 80 days ago

LACKED ORIGINAL SATIRE OR DREAMLIKE ATMOSPHERE

I am someone who self-identifies as a surrealist and has a passion for unusual and dreamlike storytelling. Because of this I went to the show expecting to really enjoy it but I left the theatre extremely disappointed.

I felt that the direction and acting was rather poor. I was unable to hear what some of the actors were saying despite us being in a relatively small space. I also felt the actors lacked variety in a lot of their performances and did not provide enough momentum to help with the pacing. I also felt that not all of the actors performed in a way that was spontaneous.

I am not yet familiar with Strindberg's original play but I felt that the writing here was flawed. The satirical humour I found to be very unoriginal and unintelligent, with jokes about narcissistic vloggers and outrage culture being portrayed in a very obvious way. I enjoy stories with multiple interweaving narratives but I felt that the poor pacing of the production hindered the episodic nature of the script by not giving it sufficent drive. I also felt that the production was without a strong sense of atmosphere and was NOT dreamlike as it lacked the strong visual imagery or surrealist elements to make it so.

If this had a better cast, pacing, atmosphere and writing (especially in terms of the satirical elements) this could have been a very interesting show from the varied characters and elements in the story. Instead I was surprisingly bored despite how much the play was trying to do. It's a shame as I feel an admirable attempt was made to create something that was different.

My rating: 1.5 / 5

Chris Sinclair 86 days ago

An absolute delight. Funny and sweet and thoughtful and more than a little self-referential. Having some lines in Swedish added to a dreamlike quality though you don't need to understand them to know what is going on.

The acting was excellent and the use of lighting was very effective. A real gem that I heartily recommend.

Judy Olsen 86 days ago

Funny, clever and topical. You don't need any Swedish to enjoy it.

Micke 91 days ago

Brilliant show. Funny and thought provoking. The actresses were all amazing. The bilingual aspect is refreshing. Best show I've seen so far.

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

Scandinavian-infused, dark satire of a dreamscaping mould...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Based on August Strindberg’s, A Dream Play, audiences are plunged into a flawed world where, like a dream, things don’t quite make sense. SAGA was a surreal experience, but once the tone of the play was established, it didn’t take long to get your head around it. In Stones Theatre’s...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

Saga is Michael Currell’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s influential 1901 A Dream Play. Strindberg’s original, written in a psychotic episode, explores faith, sanity, marriage, and class struggle in an expr...

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The List (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

A surreal but poignant interpretation of Strindberg's A Dream Play...

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