The Archive of Educated Hearts, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

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Lion House Theatre
Casey Jay Andrews (writer and director), George Jennings (composer)
Casey Jay Andrews
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In a hand-built garden shed at the edge of the Pleasance Courtyard is a room of perfect intimacy. Casey Jay Andrews provides an altogether powerful performance in her decorated space packed with photographs, books, mismatched chairs and a hundred other mementos. The installation of artifacts in the lived-in setting works perfectly with Andrews captivating and skillful storytelling, winding through true and personal stories of women affected by breast cancer.

The Archive of Educated Hearts is a collage of stories alongside recordings and music, blending warm reflection and subjects of illness and family into a tapestry of contemplation. The captivating performance is a reminder to grab on to the brief moments we have with the people who make up the everyday fabric of our lives. The stories shared in this show are an emotional invitation to consider the need for kindness and celebration during unimaginable situations. In such a comforting and secluded space the room becomes a profound place of vulnerability, the audience a part of that everyday fabric and personal reflection.

The stories found in this show are candid, the setting warm, and the storyteller completely enchanting. For a moment of pause away from the buzz of the festival, step into The Archive, and consider the beauty found in our humanity.

Times: 8-12, 14-19, 21-27 August, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm