Theatre Review – Columbinus

Apr 29 2010 | By More

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St Bride’s Community Centre

By Thom Dibdin

Powerful and compelling, random ACT’s production of Columbinus at the St Bride’s Centre is a chilling reminder of the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, just 11 years ago.

There is no doubting the strength of the material that director John Naples-Campbell has found for the young, eight-strong company. Nor is there any doubting its ability to leave its audience moved.

Columbinus uses a canny mixture of dramatisation and verbatim theatre to get into the hearts and minds of the students who were in the school library, where the majority of the deaths took place.

The drama comes out in a first-half depiction of a collection of American high-school stereotypes. From the similarities of their...Read the rest of the review in the Edinburgh Evening News

Run continues to Friday night

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  1. Claire says:

    I seen this production on the Friday evening and thought it was one of the best pieces of theatre I ever seen. The company created a strng piece of theatre for such a young cast. Director, John Naples-Campbell, created some lovely stage pictures and his use of music was just right. The 911 call brought the whole thing home and the year book of the victims, including the two boys, at the end made me cry. I left asking one question ‘why?’. Thank you for bringing a wonderful production to the Edinburgh stage.