Trestle Theatre Company, Fool House

Review in Issue 9-4 | Winter 1997

Set in Amsterdam, Fool House opens with a storm in which a barge crashes into a dyke. The action takes place years later in a house, 67 Doverstraat, which is full of life. The inhabitants clomp up and down the many staircases, annoying the busybody concierge on the ground floor; an English student arrives in the top flat, on the first floor a couple are having marital difficulties, and the basement is occupied by a man who has hung himself. Underneath the house, the crashed barge has been preserved in peat and ghoulish sailors stir to create mayhem in the house.

In this Anglo-Dutch collaboration, the performances by Egbert Jan Arnold, Chaya Aschkenasy, Karina Garett and Alan Riley were all superb. The set was great and the illusion of a multi-storied house was convincingly created, if occasionally confusing. There were nice moments of parody, such as when an Englishman abroad unpacked his marmite, tea and cornflakes. Many hilarious scenes included one in which the same man, who is studying to be a conductor, is practising but has forgotten to plug in his earphones so that his music disturbs the whole house. The various inhabitants come up to complain. The music is modern and quirky: when the doorbell rings, it sounds to the Englishman like part of the concerto. Fool House is yet another winner from Trestle.

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  1. Sep 1997

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