REVIEW: Instructions on How to Cry, Andrea Cabrera Luna, Lyceum Studio 2022 (W.I.P)

REVIEW: Instructions on How to Cry, Andrea Cabrera Luna, Lyceum Studio 2022 (W.I.P)

Introducing a new section of Binge Fringe on ethnically diverse and Spanish-speaking theatre
workers. I am Andalusian (Spanish) by origin and recently landed in the city of Edinburgh with the aim to
explore the long-awaited Fringe ’22. Throughout my reviews and interviews, I will share with you my
discoveries about the participation of Hispanic-origin and other ethnically diverse creators in the festival. As well as their conjuncture and influence on this wonderful city.

The work by director Andrea Cabrera Luna was one of my first discoveries in my research about the city.
Her participation in the new Lyceum’s festival, The Wonder Festival made the experience of seeing this
play deeply enjoyable. The Wonder Festival has given the opportunity to people from everywhere to join
together, to create and experiment with a new play.

This small but interesting festival has been going on between March and April this year and was
(absolutely) worth checking out. In It, we could observe the creative work of various artists who had
limited time and resources to work on the fundamental elements, precarious and necessary for the
creative force along with some professional creative workshops.

Despite its title, Instructions on How to Cry, Andrea’s short piece will not leave us behind with tears, but
with a wide smile of satisfaction due to its humor and intelligent execution and closure. Instructions on
How to Cr
‘ has the ambience of a silent film with a contemporary musical system and the help of the
sound engineer Ceyla Hay, which accompanies the rhythmic speech of the actress.

Almost like Didi and Gogo (Waiting for Godot) with a touch of Theater of the Absurd, the hilarious
characters, performed by Sita Pieraccini and Nikki Gill, oppose and juxtapose each other against the
immense question that seems almost insoluble – why do human beings cry?

Exercising as a properly functioning machine, and choreographed very harmonically by Tess Latham, one of the characters is subjected to the scientific tests of the other in an attempt to find out the reasons behind the most powerful human emotions. Exposing themselves to the wide range of emotionality and human conflict, in order to discover over and over again the impossible task for the human being to explain themself.

The playwright Katy Nixon, does a wonderful job in composing a symphony from beginning to end,
surprising us with the final cry. So anticipated, so longed for, and so liberating. So inexplicable and
human.

Despite being a work-in-progress, we find a great breadth of knowledge, technique and resolve, both in
actresses and director leaving the audience with great questions to continue thinking about when they
are back home. We have been lucky enough to enjoy this piece and recommend you keep an eye on in
the future of their participants.

Find more information about future performances of Instructions on How to Cry on the Lyceum’s Website.