Company: Grumpy Productions, Edmonton, AB
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
A well told (although perhaps well-worn) story that still holds water for many who are intrigued with the historic tragedy.
Kenneth Brown's adaptation of "The Titanic" brings EJ Pratt's epic 1935 poem to life, telling the tale of the ill-starred ship that met its demise during its maiden voyage.
Arriving just a year after the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's demise this is a well told (although perhaps well-worn) story that still holds water for many who are intrigued with the historic tragedy.
The charming cast of this production go to exhausting lengths to put the audience into the Titanic's world. Little is missed, from the sights and smells of the ship's first class quarters to the steam and stench of the lower decks.
Dustin Allen, Melanie Godbout, Kate Jestadt, and Matt Randolph are able and willing, but the play itself often falters under the tonnage of verbiage they're expected to deliver.
The story doesn't really hit its stride until the ship hits the iceberg, but it's well staged and well delivered enough to be a hit with epic poetry enthusiasts and historians alike.
Unlike the ship, the production has survived its maiden voyage at the Fringe and will continue to find its sea legs, and audiences, as the festival continues.