Reviews Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Published 18 August 2018

Edinburgh fringe review: Four Go Wild In Wellies at Dancebase

Until 26th August

Inclusive dance: this kids’ show by Indepen-dance 4 is full of grace and harmony.

Duska Radosavljevic

‘Four Go Wild in Wellies’ at DanceBase. Photo: Brian Hartley

How much delight can you have in 25 minutes? Judging by Indepen-dance 4’s latest show – heaps and heaps of it! Plus, they make autumn something to dance about too!

Anna Newall’s concept is beautifully simple – the four of the title slowly emerge from their individual tents, get into their wintry garbs, and then proceed to play a string of games in the autumn leaves before going back ‘home’ again at the end of the day. There are the usual playground rivalries and scuffles to get through as well, some fallings out and makings up, and mostly just the pure joy of being together. David Goodall’s score is equally playful and beguiling, and alone fit to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Indepen-dance 4 is a Scottish dance company specialising, over 22 years now, in the practice of inclusive dance – a genre of professional arts practice involving people with disabilities. It is a true testament to the company’s success that from the quality of the dancing skill alone, it is impossible to tell the ensemble members apart. There is a commitment to technical skill and grace and harmony that binds the company together into a distinctive entity. To top it all, if this particular show is anything to go by, there is an excellent audience rapport at work here as well as an easy emphasis on pure joy.

Four Go Wild in Wellies is a children’s show. But even if you don’t have any to take along with you on this occasion, you’d be well advised to take this chance to venture into the world of Indepen-dance 4 – it would be 25 minutes extremely well spent at any time, and especially so during the festival mayhem.

Four Go Wild in Wellies is on at DanceBase until 26th August, as part of the 2018 Edinburgh fringe. More info here.

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Duska Radosavljevic

Duska Radosavljevic is a dramaturg, teacher and scholar. She is the author of Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century (2013) and editor of The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers (2013). Duska has also contributed to The Stage Newspaper since 1998 as well as a number of academic and online publications in English and in Serbian.

Edinburgh fringe review: Four Go Wild In Wellies at Dancebase Show Info


Directed by Anna Newall

Cast includes Adam Sloan, Blair Flucker, Emma Smith, Julie Spence

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