One wouldn’t think the fringe would be the ideal venue for a straight-up action-adventure-romance set during the Second World War, complete with aerial battles. But this four-person Edmonton company, utilizing minimal sets and props, pulls it off spectacularly with the second part of director-playwright Kenneth Brown’s ambitious trilogy depicting life in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to ’44.
Pilot Jack Harding (Blake William Turner) faces death with each mission, and finds even more danger in his romance with Eva (Caley Suliak), a Polish Jewish refugee living in London under the thumb of her sinister industrialist sponsor (Bryan D. Webb).
If it sounds like period melodrama, Brown imbues it with a tough-minded, unsentimental attitude towards the inner machinations of the war. The performers, three of whom elegantly juggle multiple roles, are impressively adept and versatile.
In its mission to shine a light on oft-forgotten Canadian military history, Brown’s work is superior in every way to Passchendaele … except maybe in the category of visual effects.
— Randall King
From the official Fringe program:
Last year's Spiral Dive Episode One garnered five-star reviews and audience raves. The company returns for Episode Two!
Jack Harding's dangerous affair with the haunted Eva and his squadron's hair-raising air battles continue versus the V-1 threat as D-Day approaches.
The Spiral Dive trilogy: compelling, classic Canadian theatre. Be there for the world premiere of the second gut-wrenching episode.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#6 Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse 140 Rupert Ave (Lily St entrance)
Under 12 not admitted.