Raj Virdi shares his thoughts on Anna Carfora’s Circular – Strada Circolare – Now On at the Camden Fringe Festival
Circular - Strada Circolare is a play telling the story of the relationship between an aunt and her niece, who share a strong bond with each other.
The story unfolds with the niece taking her aunt to a nursing home, on their journey they share feelings and emotions about life, death, love, youth and age.
Their story is told through traditional narrative, flashback and through symbolic encounters they have with the ‘cool crowd', a ‘doctor’, a ‘father’and ‘a lover’, the play touches on familiar and timeliness issues and illustrates a moment of passage in the lives of the two women.
At it's heart the play is well meaning and touching. My criticism would lie in it's overuse of audience immersion, however that being said the venue has it's limitations. Also the play felt a slightly disjointed, but I can see this being definitely overcome as it runs.
In overall conclusion I would recommend viewing Circular - Strada Circolare at the Camden Fringe Festival for the good performances by it'sleading actors Anna Carfora (aunt) and Stefania Maria Pisoni (niece), plus it's take on an emotional and universal journey and for the upbeat musical dance addition at the end.
Written by: Raj Virdi
Circular - Strada Circolare is a new play written and produced by Anna Carfora in association with Nobody's Child Theatre Company. Part of the current productions at the Camden Fringe Festival it runs from Monday 15 to Friday 19 August at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre.
Starring Anna Carfora, Stefania Maria Pisoni, Depi Gorgoglanni, Nazzareno Palmigani, Stefano Reali, Martina Serra.
Running time: 50 minutes approx.