100 WORD REVIEWS: The Titanic Orchestra – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Billed as “a madcap comedy of illusion” this Easter European existential examination of loneliness and existence is certainly not that.

Bulgarian absurdist playwright Hristo Boytchev’s incomprehensible play ruins the long-awaited return of film and TV star John Hannah to the Fringe. Hannah’s acting is faultless and his sleight of hand tricks thoroughly impressive, but the soul-searching avant-garde script isn’t enough to keep the interest levels high for the 70 minute running time.

It is a pity as Hannah is a fine actor with a great stage presence – one can’t help think that this is a huge opportunity lost.