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Music/Theatre Review: Undertow/Overflow ****

Michael Cox reviews 'an emotionally opulent' production.

Undertow Overflow is a rather simple theatrical concept: combine Amy Duncan’s music with Ben Harrison’s writing into an intimate 60-minute performance with both artists sharing the stage.

However, within simplicity can lie beautiful complexity. Duncan’s performance of her songs compliments Harrison’s writing, resulting in an emotionally opulent performance. Presented as a collection of stories, Duncan’s and Harrison’s pieces are emotional snapshots that are rich in both musicality and poetry.

The performance toured several venues before concluding with a live stream from the Glad Café in Glasgow, which is what this review is based on. Any fear that a live stream of such an intimate performance would not connect with viewers was quickly extinguished. The simple staging meant camera angles were able to capture the full performance, along with Simon Wilkinson’s effective lighting design—and Emery Hunter’s enthusiastic BSL interpretation.

Undertow Overflow may not have the huge extravagant staging West End tours contain, but what it has in abondance is wit and heart, resulting in a performance that is moving and charming in equal measures.

Undertow Overflow’s current tour has concluded.

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