‘A Thousand Sons’ (Greenside – Fern Studio) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

‘A Thousand Sons’ follows Bertie, a nuclear test veteran, from the 1950s to the present day; as he witnesses the horrors of Nuclear weapons, and fights for justice after experiencing life-changing repercussions. 

Jamie Sefton writes and stars in this production as Bertie. The sheer skill of storytelling that Jamie presents within this 45-minute, tense and disturbing one-hander is exceptional. It’s even more disturbing that it is in fact based on a true story. 

This is such a nuanced performance, from the initial innocent comedic boy we see Bertie as, to the broken and angry man he becomes. The audience are gripped and disturbed by the way in which this soldier and his colleagues were treated. Also, how one mission impacted the men and their family’s lives so devastatingly.  

The message presented within the text is so profound and terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. The text itself is so powerful, written by Jamie with such depth and emotion. The voices of the men who suffered are firmly heard within this stage adaptation of their testimonies. Jamie amplifies the profundity with his performance complimenting the text. And lifting it even further is the incorporation of the sound and lighting design which helps build the tension plus the portrayal of other characters present in Bertie’s life. 

Overall, ‘A Thousand Sons’ is a potent and creative look into the effect nuclear weapons has had on the world, and also the guinea pigs who were left vulnerable to the radiation by their leaders. Jamie Sefton’s text and performance delivers audiences one of the most engaging one-handers of the Edinburgh Fringe 2022. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Get tickets for ‘A Thousand Sons’ below:

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/thousand-sons

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