Edinburgh Fringe Review: Last Dream (on Earth)

Elijah's thoughts on Last Dream (on Earth) at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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I went to see Last Dream (on Earth) on Sun 14 August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I think the show was good, but there were parts that I dislike and one of them was the advertisement; I think the show was wrongly advertised. I came across the show through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival booklet and the image shown on the poster was an astronaut on the moon. In the description they said it was going to be experienced on headphones but didn’t really mention anything about what the aim of the show was, as a reader I thought the show was going to be strongly about science which struck my interest instantly.

As a person that has sensitive ears, whispers through the headphones at the start was personally not very comfortable to endure. Another aspect that I dislike about the show was the storyline; trying to merge the struggle of refugees with an untold story about an astronaut. I think it got a bit confusing at some points. Also the refugee story was more entertaining than the astronaut’s as throughout half of the show the only communication was from NASA to the astronaut, asking him if he was okay and he answers yes to reassure them. Personally the sound effects through the show were lacking some visual of any sort. Whether live performance or electronic visual I think it would give the show more edge.

A positive aspect of the show was the talent of the five performers; individual talent shone through, whether it’s playing instruments or acting, they all had their own unique way of entertainment, starting from the actor playing the astronaut. Despite the fact I thought he could’ve been given a more interesting storyline in the first half of the show, his acting skill was exceptional throughout – he delivered a man on the moon excellently and believably. Next there was an actress who played as communicator from NASA and also a refugee when the story changed. Her ability to change accent was incredible and there was not a cringe moment. Next was another actress who started as a refugee and at times the narrator. Her ability to change accent was also incredible. Then there was the musician, a guitarist who also played other instruments later in the show. He was very talented at all his instruments, and exceptional at guitar. He also played the role of the main narrator with leadership.  Finally the man next to the guitarist played as an adult refugee and also played instruments; he was exceptionally good at his craft and had ultimate leadership among the group.

Overall the show had potential. Each performer had individual talent and acted as if they were really living those roles, but personally I thought a few changes needed to be made.