100-Word Fringe: “Bashir Lazhar” at Assembly George Square

Difficult-to-remember title notwithstanding, Bashir Lazhar is a relatively (for the Fringe) straightforward tale of an Algerian teacher’s attempts to wrest control of a shell-shocked group of Canadian 10-year-olds – while dealing with the loss of his own wife back home. The juxtaposition of the previous teacher’s suicide and the (in his view) more tragic death of his wife works well, and the lecture hall setting perfectly suits the one-man classroom of the lead. That said, the touching moments are broadcast a little too much – and it falls somewhat flat before a last-minute emotion-saving paper aeroplane fight. A slow grower.

Bashir Lazhar is playing in Assembly George Square until August 28th.

Tickets: £11 (£9)


About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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