Writer: Devised by Wish Experience
Director: Will Glen
Reviewer: Val Baskott
The Public Reviews Rating:
This pretty little revue (for that is what it really is) is difficult territory. It ventures into a delicate, reflective land that may not be to all tastes – particularly if you come with preconceptions (comedy, late night, cue audience being silly) and, worse, hang on to them… Enter willingly into their web of quiet smiles and Kermitesque philosophising and the evening will be a gentle delight. The form is simple whilst avoiding (in the main) the obvious. A series of events unfolds, some bright and energetic, some contemplative, most with some unforced participation, which all depend on taking a simple premise to its illogical conclusion.
We are encouraged to reflect on what we consider awesome; both in the current and in the original sense and this initial reflection segues into a series of tiny sketches which celebrate the “awesome”. Starting points pre-exist written on bunting strung across the stage and we are free to choose so the show will vary nightly. The interpretation of the choices – “Swan Lake”, “A Campfire”, Cupcakes” is surprising and charming. Any real detail here would spoil those surprises conjured up by Will, Trish and Jamie on stage, minimalist but clever props and highly effective sound and light. It is a generous and hospitable little show and, whilst there are caveats (audience genuine complicity is necessary, some of the vignettes move towards the obscurantist if you are not alert and there is room for a little further tightening) the quality is there. The expectation is that The Awesome Show could grow and blossom into a life beyond Edinburgh. Go and enjoy the few shows left.
Runs until 26th August