Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice
Sci-fi triptych scuttled by a slow pace and repetition
This article is from 2012.
This retro sci-fi two-hander walks the fine line between conceptually impressive and impressively boring. While this trio of sketches is certainly interesting, ultimately the slow pace, repetitiveness, and rejection of narrative make watching it an endurance test.
Conceptually, I love the ten-minute section in which Valentina Ceschi mimes making a cup of tea. And the ten-minute section afterwards, in which she mimes making a cup of tea again but to a slightly surreal soundtrack.
This performance, called ‘Dawn’, has a point to make about memory and time, which justifies its total tedium, but in practice the effect is less poignant than presumably intended due to the inevitable restlessness of the audience. And slightly shoddy miming.
There is no conceptual excuse for the slow-moving action in the rest of the show, however. Once the point of each section is understood, handily spoonfed in 'visual script' form, there's just not enough going on onstage to engage with.
A more accessible third section about a cosmonaut abandoned in space shows Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare to be likeable performers.
Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 8pm, £9.50--£10.50 (£8.50--£9.50).