It starts with an intrigue. We can see who but what is the issue and why? Intriguing beginning yes but this is not mystery theatre. This is the theatre of chaos writ large in a small space. I loved TINY REMARKABLE BRAMBLE and I “wasn’t even hammered so I have no excuse!”
Alice (Geraldine Viswanathan) is a bedbound, self-absorbed, ennui ridden, depressive when we meet her. Not hilarious so far, right? Sparklingly comic BFF Sonny (Catherine Terracini) is trying to talk her into … going somewhere? feeling something? remembering somehow? And not really succeeding. This is a very reluctant protagonist who will eventually rouse enough to go somewhere somehow for something. It gets a bit weird and crazy after that.
There is a Brigadier of something nameless (Thomas Campbell), a sot called Vino (Lucy Suze Taylor ), Douglas a chemist we think because he has a lab coat (Michael Whalley ) and Pipkin (Contessa Treffone)who might be a girl in a bubble. They are preparing for a talent quest perhaps. A blending back into Alice’s wounded and split psyche perhaps? A break from their societally allocated role? Theories abound but I reckon I will hazard a guess. I have seen enough preparing Theatresports teams to stick my neck out here. Continue reading TINY REMARKABLE BRAMBLE @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE→
So I sit here at the laptop completely out of my depth. It doesn’t happen often but when it hits I feel useless. Last night’s show THE ANGELICA COMPLEX playing as part of Invisible Circus at King’s Cross Theatre has my writer’s brain in a mess. To explain the complexity: this show was not for me. More accurately perhaps, I was not for it. It was not a show that I took to, or enjoyed or would want to see again but for some readers it will be required attendance. I am sending my BFF to it on Saturday.
THE ANGELICA COMPLEX is about motherhood. The protagonist is Angelica and we learn quickly that she is somewhere for ‘punishment’ or ‘respite’ and it has something to do with her baby. And that the answers lie hidden inside herself. There are 3 selves there in fact. Angelica speaks directly to us of her experiences and we see her in closeup facilitated by the live camera feed operator, plus we hear an inner voice in the opera singing of another figure on the stage.
It has been my experience when supporting friends tackling motherhood that it is an all-encompassing, vocational event and this show is exactly that. With what I understand to be postpartum depression as the structure, it unrelentingly explores the theme, early on through the cynicism of received perfection and later in a microcosm of narrative when it’s just Angelica and her baby. Continue reading THE ANGELICA COMPLEX @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE→
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