Hold On Let Go – Review

Hold On Let Go

How do we want to be remembered? What do we hold close about those we have loved? How true do we hold memories? How close do we hold the things which matter?

Hold On Let Go is a warming, heart-warming interaction exploring how important it is that we remember. Whether it is important for people to remember.

Alex is 56, Luca is half is age. We’re introduced to them in a kitchen setting, instantly creating a bond between audience and performers. At times it feels like a conversation amongst friends. Informal and personable. The conversations with between the Alex and Luca are interspersed with monologues by Luca.

Of the two it is Luca most impressing the importance to holding onto memories. Why and what makes this so important to her. Conversely Alex goes through the motions. Motions which it seems personify him and his background. The act of creating the perfect sourdough bread.

Whilst Alex presents that the need for his family to remember him is not strong, his memories present another representation. That he remembers so clearly so much of his mother and her heritage, with such affection.

There is much to be explored within the premise of memory and those which we hold close. In this, Hold On Let Go doesn’t seem to get to the depth needed. The depth of Luca trying to reach a point of gaining a hold of her memory, or Alex considering of the need for memories to be held and created across generations.

The lack of depth is potentially the cause of much embedded within the production. Simon Henderson’s set design enables both Luca and Alex to explore. And there is beauty in how this movement is create. The kitchen offers the memory of his mother’s unidentifiable tin cans to be created along with Luca’s need to run.

With a soundtrack provided by Maxïmo Park frontman Paul Smith there was reinforcement of the conversation between Luca and Elliott. Confirming the unreliability of memory.

The production concludes with the breaking of bread. The sharing of a moment. And maybe this is what you’re meant to remember. That no matter what, there is taste, and smell, and interaction- and this is what can stays with you- beyond the need to remember words.

Hold On Let Go is at the Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 16.50 until Sunday 25th August (excl 19th).

Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.

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