Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Matthew 19:14 Review Tuesday 14th  August

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Matthew 19:14 at Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Mint Studio is a tightly woven script by author Lorenzo Gioielli and, after success in Italy, the play is now is being performed for the first time in English at the Fringe.

This is a two person play starring Elisabetta Jane Rizzo and Francesco Martino that starts with the premise of a missed appointment and a chance encounter with a stranger.  What unfolds is a dark story of emotional suffering and possible choices have to be made that would be unacceptable to any sane person in normal circumstances.  How far would you go to save a loved one – a child, a partner?

Both Elisabetta Jane Rizzo and Francesco Martino are outstandingly believable in their respective roles that take us on a well scripted work with many sharp twisting turns that along the way raise some difficult to face ethical dilemmas.

Matthew 19:14 is one of the hidden theatrical gems hiding away in venues across the city this year, and it honestly deserves a far wider audience than it seems to be getting at The Fringe as it could easily play in any professional theatre it wanted to given the chance, and I hope some booking agents do pick up on this work

From the King James Bible

Matthew 19:14

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Review by Tom King

 

Matthew 19:14

Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Mint Studio

12:40

Aug 3-11, 13-18, 20-25

55 minutes

Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)

Country: Italy

Group: EJ Company

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