The Passion by Tidy Carnage
a solo Glaswegian RAVE! the dark, damp atmospheric tunnels underneath waterloo make an earry industrial setting for this one woman piece. it works brilliantly. with a live dj - Edan interacts with the way you do in a club when you are loving the music. all 'Eckied' up, Edan's confessions of lovely pals belies something dark with in. the piece successfully moves between physical pieces to dance music and the booming music to which she is having it, only emphasises her isolation. stepping outside of the performance space for a breather, Edan comes and stands in the audience and offers revellers a drink of water- and chats (one sidely - audience arent expected to interact though i'm sure it would work if they did) some of the sadness comes through. Edan's eventual descent into an attempt to set herself on fire on a alter to god (for the sins of people in the UK complaining about our privilaged lives while millions die). it fails as her 'pal' never gave her back her zippo. the piece is really succesful in portraying the loneliness, the attempt at escapism and really the post traumatic stress that solidiers returning from tours often experience. it also reminds us of how lucky we are. it was useful for me, to see a piece that didn't have very ,much text, but used music and some sound effects to transport us from free party in glasgow to afganistan and back. I would like to experiment with using soundscapes in this way.
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