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The Infant

Oliver Lansley
Les Enfants Terribles
Pleasance Courtyard

After last years spectacular one-off show The Vaudevillains, it was definitely a wonder how Les Enfants Terribles were planning on following up their success. This year they have graced the Fringe with a play that echoes the absurd situations of Dario Fo while adding in a contemporary comic feel.

The premise is simple enough, a man finds himself kidnapped by a pair of insane government specialists, Cadogan and Samedi. The two madmen show him a child's drawing that contains some secret plot of ultimate evil, and imply that the creator of such is surely the most dangerous terrorist in the world. But who drew the piece, the man? his wife? or their 4-year-old son? Soon enough the wife is also a prisoner and a strange game of cat and mouse, as lies follow lies and alliances form and break on all sides.

It's a beautifully twisted and writhingly clever play, keeping the audience rapt with curiosity and on the edge of their seats throughout.

Reviewer: Graeme Strachan