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Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: The Archive of Educated Hearts


Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: The Archive of Educated Hearts

Caitlin Ellen

If there is one show out of the many in the Fringe guides, websites and various social media websites that are being thrown at you, I ask that you put this show at the top of your list.

In a busy season, one of ignoring the needs of your mind and the tugging strings of your heart, The Archive of Educated Hearts invites you to sit down, relax, and just listen.

One of the shows tucked away at Holden Street Theatres, you’ll immediately feel like you’ve stepped out of the Fringe as you walk into the Manse, the little room this show is held in. Casey Jay Andrews, the writer and performer of this show, will ask you to pick any seat in a room stuffed full of trinkets, old furniture, books and photos that are archives of a generation of lifetimes. Once you’re comfortable she’ll introduce you to four real-life women who face breast cancer.

The room full of stories will no longer be a distraction as you listen to the stories of these women. Woven through Casey’s words and the words of the women, their friends and their families, you’ll find yourself unable to hold back tears as you delve into the things that impact everyone’s lives. I think it’s okay to be crying in this space though. It is, after all, a very human thing to cry. And the Archive of Educated Hearts is all about being very, very human.

What seems like a new way of storytelling, is actually one that we seem to have forgotten about. We are all but stories; memories and photos and diary entries scrawled in messy handwriting. The Archive of Educated Hearts draws on these age old ways of telling stories and kindly brings you back to them. And Casey is there to draw you back in, much like a long-time friend offering you a cup of tea when there are no words to be said.

Do not miss this show, your heart will thank you for it.

Rating: 5/5 stars.

The Archive of Educated Hearts is running twice-daily sessions up until the 16th of March in The Manse at Holden Street Theatres. Buy your tickets here.