Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.

A Table Tennis Play

“Studded with moments of magic”

Walrus Theatre scored a big Edinburgh Fringe hit with 2015’s Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Sam Steiner’s deft, elegant play about relationships and the limitations of language. A Table Tennis Play reaffirms Steiner as a name to watch.

Inside an air raid shelter at her former home, Cath is sorting through her late mother’s possessions. Mia, a teenage tennis ace whose dad now owns the house, becomes increasingly emotionally invested in this process.

Steiner’s play is a subtle and beguiling piece of writing, encompassing huge things – grief, the passing of time – and minutiae, ingeniously economical in the way it uses words, with a deliciously offbeat sense of humour.

Ed Madden, who also helmed Lemons, displays a strong understanding of the strengths of the material and the cast breathe life into the idiosyncratic world of the play.

Beth Holmes is a delight as the permanently uneasy, weirdly intense teenager. Rosa Robson and Euan Kitson capture the texture of the text as Cath and her boyfriend, Callum while batting a ball back and forth.

It feels as if more could have been made of the central device: the use of a ball pit full of table tennis balls to represent the stuff of a life, but it doesn’t matter. The play is studded with moments of magic and unexpectedly, capsizingly moving narrative swerves – images that linger.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘a triumphant return’


Related to this Review

Our critics pick the top shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019Our critics pick the top shows to see at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Production Details
Production nameA Table Tennis Play
StartsAugust 1, 2019
EndsAugust 25, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorSam Steiner
DirectorEd Madden
Set designerLizzy Leech
Lighting designerCharlotte Burton
Sound designerRichard Bell
CastBeth Holmes, Euan Kitson, Rosa Robson
VerdictOffbeat, distinctive and moving new writing that reaffirms Sam Steiner as one of the most exciting new writers around
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.
Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Linked In