Brighton Fringe Presents Doctor Faustus, The Imaginarium.
An enthralling performance once again from Tanglehead Productions at this year’s Brighton Fringe at the Happy Cell, with their revival of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Expectations are certainly exceeded having won last year’s Audience Choice Awards after receiving outstanding reviews following their production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
A deliciously daring and delectably dark tale of an ill-fated Scholar; increasingly discontent in his quest to gain absolute knowledge of the world. Faustus is quick to take solace among the dark arts, forming a perilous pact with the Devil. Wickedly sexual and boldly blasphemous, with a hearty share of debauchery and mischief, Faustus sends us into a hellish nightmare, a fiery warning of the consequences of greed. This terrible tale of Faustus is somewhat comparable to the fable of Icarus, who fell to an untimely death on flying too near to the Sun. Undeniably unlocking the enigma of Faustus’s inevitable demise, furthermore echoing the idea of ‘hubris – excessive pride’ that is epitomised in the tale of Icarus. Though rather fragmented, the play upholds great sentiment to Marlowe’s original, with an exceptionally mesmerizing performance from Jason Kennedy as our luckless Faustus.
The story begins with opening scene having our unfortunate Faustus sent tumbling through a mound of moth eaten books, a brilliantly executed arrival. A certain allure is kept on entering the venue, we are greeted by rather glamourously kitted out personnel, perhaps an anticipated clue to what’s in store and we reluctantly sign away our souls. We are then led into a seemingly undersized room, with seats positioned on either sides of a rather ornate gangway. Plucky members of the cast are sat amid the audience creating a refuge of peculiar comfort.
Tanglehead’s production of this under appreciated classic is a genuine pleasure to watch, a brilliantly fearsome performance from a fiendishly foolhardy cast.
On leaving you are left with far more than you bargained for.