Running on Air
Charming road show in a camper van
This article is from 2010.
Your ticket for this site-specific show directs you to the rear of the Pleasance Courtyard, where a bright orange French VW camper van is parked in the corner. Writer and performer Laura Mugridge turns up in welly boots and a flowery summer dress, looking like she’s just stepped out of The Good Life, and the select audience of five are invited to climb into ‘Joni’, where various roles are assigned: C90 mix tape player, baggage handler, map reader and Laura’s husband, Tom.
What follows is a very sweet, gently humorous road play based on Laura and Tom’s experiences driving their wedding present from Cornwall (where they got hitched) to Edinburgh, where Joni broke down last year. The VW’s cramped confines, the degree of audience participation – there’s a musical jam session using toothbrushes, spice pots and other knickknacks – and Mugridge’s relaxed, quirky performing style make her Fringe solo debut a thoroughly enjoyable immersive multimedia experience. The journey – cue projection onto the inside of the windscreen – concludes with Mugridge revealing the real reason why she staged her show in her van and what, exactly, the title means. Charming.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 23), times vary, £9–£10 (£8.50–£9.50).