Company: The Struts and Frets Players, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 19 - RAW Gallery
A heady mix of blood, sweat, tears and laughter, Ulster isn't for the faint of heart. But if you’re open to its folklore-nerd charms, it’s darn good fun.
A vibrant and violent take on a classic Irish folk tale, fans of myth and fantasy will undoubtedly enjoy The Hound of Ulster
Performed with boundless enthusiasm by Fringe stalwarts The Struts and Frets Players (Jessy Ardern, Michelle Arentsen, Dan Augusta and Ariel Levine), Ulster tells the story of the fierce warrior Cúchulainn, who transforms into a bloodthirsty dog during battle.
Sword fights, battle cries, and rousing speeches abound - but they're counterbalanced by a wicked sense of humour. Characters will often toss hilarious, historically incongruent asides to the audience, adding much-needed levity to a production that could have easily become overwhelming.
A heady mix of blood, sweat, tears and laughter, Ulster
isn't for the faint of heart. But if you're open to its folklore-nerd charms, it's darn good fun.
And though there's a definite overabundance of plot and at least one too many enthusiastic bouts of swordplay, the cast's obvious reverence for the source material more than makes up for it.