Our Friends, The Enemy

Alex Gwyther

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

From 02 August 2013 to 24 August 2013

Rating: ***

Review by Graeme Strachan

The 1914 Christmas truce is a ripe source for material for a Fringe show. The display of humanity in the darkest of situations can lead to moving and fascinating interpretations.

In Our Friends, The Enemy, we are given a one-man whistle-stop tour of the front lines while Alex Gwyther uses a smattering of props to differentiate a series of English, German, French and Belgian soldiers, recounting the events in an epistolary style.

It's a confident and ably-performed piece. As a spoken word performer, Gwyther seems to have little trouble in affably telling the story of a series of front line soldiers across the trench lines that fateful winter.

While not the most unusual of ideas, it's still an even-toned and inventive take on the material.