John Hannah is back at the Fringe after a 25 year break with the UK premiere of Bulgarian playwright Hristo Boytchev’s The Titanic Orchestra.

Playing with memory and illusion, the story is set in a deserted train station where four tramps wait for a train that never stops. Nothing is what it seems, even before Hannah’s Harry is mysteriously dumped on the station in a box.

References to Houdini abound, and the play takes its name from the moment in which the musicians of the Titanic kept playing as the ship sank. Hannah’s performance as the intriguing illusionist who shakes up the tramps’ world is fairly charismatic, however the plot soon begins to drag on and it becomes intrinsically convoluted. Crowther, Neimi, Rhodes and Barnev’s characters are more irritating than endearing, and fail to fully connect with the audience.

A story about dreams and illusion -without the Inception effect.

Words: Lidia Molina Whyte

Picture: Richard Davenport

The Titanic Orchestra, Pleasance Courtyard, 11-31 August (not 17, 24), 5.25pm

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