Theatre Review: Orlando, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

This year’s Fringe will have a few shows that act as love letters, but Orlando may be the only love letter within a love letter to a love letter.

Lucy Roslyn uses Virginia Woolf's text to tell her own intimate story.

Orlando, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh **

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This year’s Fringe will have a few shows that act as love letters, but Orlando may be the only love letter within a love letter to a love letter. Lucy Roslyn’s play uses Virginia Woolf’s lyrical and complex novel as the starting point for talking about her own story. Rosyln’s performance, which is akin to a stand-up without any jokes, is endearing but uncomfortably stiff. When the show becomes more personal it also become more poetic, and there are some gems in the writing. It is a shame that they are lost among flimsy metaphors and an uneven narrative.

Until 26 August