Magic Unicorn Island, by Jayson MacDonald, finds humanity in a not-too-distant future that tests the limits of our capacity for goodness, and asks what can be accomplished by just a little more trust in it.

MacDonald, relying primarily on his excellent physicality and voice work, conjures a vivid universe of characters from of a shaggy hat and jacket, bringing them into life and conflict before our eyes. Some of these characters are embodiments of ideals, and some are transcendent beings beyond ideals, and some are vividly real in their fears and aspirations.

Pictured: Jayson MacDonald; Photograph courtesy of Blacksheep Theatre
Pictured: Jayson MacDonald; Photograph courtesy of Blacksheep Theatre

The show starts at the very beginning, and carries us with towards a moment in the yet-to-come where our species will be faced with a decision from which there is no turning back, no redemption. I am talking about this like an abstract battle of ideas, and in some sense it is, but the ideas are brought to life by dialogue and action on a very human scale that makes them immanently relevant and personal. And funny; humour balances the darkness inherent in this fictional world, as it often does in our own.

This is a solo-show par excellence, and it doesn’t need me to tell you why the story is poignant, and the telling is rich. It just needs me to tell you that this is absolutely not a show to be missed at the Fringe.

Wes Babcock


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