EDINBURGH FRINGE 2012
Door Step Theatre
Top Deck of the Comedy Bus, Venue 272, Cowgate
0131 622 6801
Emily Summers’ evocative one-woman show offers a poignant, affectionate and humorous insight into the life of her granddad, Albert North. Appearing as Albert, who was born in Oldham in 1926, she recounts his early life through hard times, and the Second World War. Albert was never bored, but he was often hungry. His clothes were patched, and his first bike was cobbled together from spare parts. He called it the ‘Mayfall’ as it may fall apart any second.
Emily, as Albert, mingles with the passengers in the bus, occasionally playing the music from his era. The passengers get the chance to see Albert’s tools, his wedding photo as we relive his memories of life, love, tribulation, illness and death. To coin a phrase, ‘we don’t know we’re born’ these days compared to the things that men of Albert’s generation had to put up with.
***** Five Stars