Show 6 Summerhall
IN a sun-kissed land dripping with beautiful people in swimming costumes and shades, the lazy calm is about to be shattered by the aftermath of a fatal car crash in which an unnamed golden boy who may have killed someone who told him the truth just found out he's a cuckoo in the nest.
What comes out of this mix of oedipal envy and Ballardian future- shock is an urgent three-hander in which revolutionary spirit is reborn in the shadows.
This world premiere of an unnamed work by
The fact that the company have let slip that this is a Ravenhill play, however, is probably wise in the hurly-burly of the Fringe.
Ravenhill's clipped, pared-down exchanges are invested with a classical weight in
PUTTING words into other people's mouths is the playwright's great privilege. This is something Bush Moukarzel makes clear, even as his characters' silences and longeurs are possibly mis- translated by a lip-reader in Moukarzel and co-director
It begins with a post-show discussion of a play we haven't seen, as Moukarzel plays the cocky interviewer of
This focuses on the real-life tragedy of four women who starved themselves to death in their boarded-up house in a small Irish town. Instead of attempting to find out why, Moukarzel casts the four women as silent witnesses to their own fate by way of a series of woozy routines watched over by the Lip Reader.
The upending of perspectives and lip-synching to doo-wop songs may all be the hallucinatory product of the women's fevered imaginations, but this audaciously poignant dreamscape is far more than vogueish deconstruction. It ends with a life and death monologue by
With such a delivery clearly referencing
Mush and Me
WHEN Jewish girl Gabby and Muslim Mush are put next to each other at the call centre they're both marking time in mutual disdain and a knack for conning the customers soon blossoms into something else in
Inspired by actress
The result in this Underbelly Ideas Tap winner is not only one of the most street-smart love stories to define modern, multi-cultural