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Lee D Barnes: the writer set himself a challenge that would have put the most experienced stage performer under pressure

Lee D Barnes: the writer set himself a challenge that would have put the most experienced stage performer under pressure

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24-Hour Crash

Victoria Theatre

THIS is writer Lee D Barnes’s latest venture to raise money to showcase his play Inbetween at The Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

With only 24 hours to devise, direct and stage a 45-minute show for the paying public, it was a true test of mental and physical endurance that would put even the most experienced performer under pressure.

The show, a mixture of dance, musical and theatrical pieces, lacked continuity and substance.

The sketches had no sense of real character, with performers taking orders from a computer screen projection. This seemed to ostracise the audience with the feeling the cast were conducting some sort of “inside joke” with the audience left in the dark.

As every performer approached the stage, we waited to see something that would engage us and entertain, but with such little time to rehearse it was evident that on this occasion they weren’t able to showcase their true potential. The 45-minute piece showed some talent, with an exceptional musical performance from Kate Hyatt.

This set the tone for the best and final sketch, with a group of actors performing a fantastic comedy scene that had some of the audience in stitches.

Heather Winter