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Burn It: A Raw and Poignant Fringe Show Exploring Love & Loss

“Burn It” emerges as a captivating two-woman production, skillfully exploring the intricacies of love, loss, and human connection within the dynamic setting of two best friends camping in the wilderness. Against a backdrop of intertwining narratives, the show’s protagonists navigate the highs and lows of relationships, both past and present, with a depth of emotion that captivates audiences from the outset.

Central to the production’s allure is the undeniable chemistry between its leads, delivering performances of raw authenticity that resonate long after the final curtain call. Their nuanced portrayals, coupled with the seamless interplay of scripted scenes and, what seemed like, improvised moments, infuse the performance with an air of spontaneity and emotional immediacy.

Amidst the weighty themes explored, “Burn It” cleverly incorporates moments of levity and humour through a recurring alphabet gag that is interlaced between the more sombre moments of the play. This provides a welcome respite while underscoring the play’s thematic richness: grief, abuse, loss.

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Ultimately, “Burn It” emerges as a poignant and thought-provoking theatrical experience, leaving audiences profoundly moved by its exploration of the enduring power of love. As one character poignantly articulates, “You don’t just stop loving someone. It stays. You can’t just flip a switch.” This sentiment encapsulates the emotional depth and resonance of “Burn It,” solidifying its place as a standout offering at the Fringe Adelaide festival.

4 out of 5 stars

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