by Amy Toledano
Despite the incredibly hot conditions at The Hope Theatre during the heatwave, the cast of Bury The Hatchet manage to create a highly energised and engaging piece recounting and investigating the story of supposed axe murderer Lizzie Borden.
Using live music, song, dance and humour in the storytelling, this piece is fast-paced and compelling from start to finish. A three-person operation, the cast work together seamlessly, bouncing off one another and creating the plethora of characters this story has to offer.
Written by the show’s leading actor Sasha Wilson, this play has all the elements of a brilliant murder mystery, with an additional undercurrent of bluegrass flavour that transports the audience to the time of the events and the gruesome deaths if the Bordens.
Talented musicians as well, some of the most engaging moments are when the three-piece harmonies of the group are in full swing, and the unwavering focus of the cast keeps us following this intriguing tale.
This show is unlike most on the fringe scene and it is clear that the case of Lizzie Borden is not one that has been completely closed forever. It is so refreshing to see a show that asks the whodunnit question with such flair and originality and is a credit to the cast and writer for bringing something unseen to the stage.
Bury the Hatchet runs through 11 August.
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