EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE, Pleasance Dome, August 19 2015
Impossible is the true story of the feud between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. Early in the play, the two meet after Conan Doyle is in the audience at one of Houdini's shows. The pair become friends on a basis of mutual admiration.
As events unfold, Conan Doyle demands to know how Houdini achieves some of his feats and he is denied this information. Houdini admits that he never claims to perform actual magic but is a master of trickery and is misleading his audience. After one particular incident of deception the friendship between the pair ends bitterly and is not reconciled before Houdini's sudden death.
Impossible is staged by the same people behind previous Edinburgh successes Making News and Kingmaker. They have succeeded again in producting an interesting, thought provoking piece which is superbly directed and acted.
Although I enjoyed Phill Jupitus' performance as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I thought his accent was a little off to begin with. This did even out later in the performance but I could swear that at the start of the play it was most definitely a Yorkshire twang rather than Scottish! Aside from this though I cannot fault his, or any other cast member's performance as they were fantastic throughout.
Ticket information for Impossible can be found on the edfringe website.