Audiences in Edinburgh have been really supportive of Near Gone, and so have the critics who’ve been in. Here are some of the quotes and links to the full articles…
Fabulously, the show has been shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category!
Jenny Williams gave the show ★★★★★ for BroadwayBaby:
Radeva and Lownie’s harrowing story is told with great beauty, sensitivity and humour, creating art that is truly affecting, memorable and life-affirming.
Total Theatre Magazine‘s Dorothy Max Prior says
Near Gone is a near-perfect show. Wonderful performances by both actors. A beautifully crafted story told expertly through many means and forms – verbal, visual, physical. Spot-on dramaturgy (choreographer Charlotte Vincent name-checked here). A lovely sound design by Tim Blazdell.
In The Scotsman, David Pollock gave the piece ★★★★, saying it goes
beyond the limits of mere language.
With another ★★★★, Edinburgh Evening News‘ Ed Frankl called it
a brilliantly captured performance
The precise and subtle performances from both Radeva and Lownie are as fascinating as they are compelling. ★★★★
Alecia Mashall in The Skinny says:
Thoughtful and understated – with an unexpectedly hopeful conclusion – this is well worth an hour of your fringe time. ★★★★
fest mag‘s Alice Saville calls it
a moving performance with the language-crossing power of a ritual […] this intensely personal performance crafts a bridge of floral delicacy. ★★★★
DarkChat gave it 10/10, saying
This isn’t just one of the best shows I’ve seen in 25 years of visiting the Fringe. It’s one of the most powerful and moving pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen.
In the Guardian, Lyn Gardner recommended the piece in her Essential Theatre Picks blog in advance, her Hot Tickets article at the start of the Fringe, in tips for the final week with
a winning heartfelt intensity
and in her Fringe roundup at the end of August as
A boon to the flower trade and to audiences too with its passionate, dance-filled look at the gulfs we cannot bridge.
Her review calls it
a brave show that confronts how we can sometimes become locked in grief, and unreachable even to those who love us most, and which uses many different kinds of language to explore the emotional gulfs between us, and the ways we can reach out and connect.
Finally, audience members interviewed by STV gave their views here.