Thrown by Jodi Gray
- Clare McVay
- 14 August 2018
Still in the dark as to what's going on
Thrown, by Jodi Gray is a one woman show about childhood, based on the collected testimony of over 200 workshop participants and told through binaural audio technology. It apparently asks the question, "do we ever let go of our smaller selves?"
The reality? Donning headphones, sitting in a barely-lit cave, and being continuously dripped on from the ceiling. The audience are initially intrigued as a disturbed protagonist whispers frantically into a microphone attached to a polystyrene head. Unfortunately no progression or explanation follows.
Thrown takes its name from the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, who hypothesised that human existence is akin to being thrown, unprepared, into the world. The audience can empathise. Is the protagonist trying to record her childhood memories as they fade with old age? Is she communicating with her childhood self, who is somehow preserved in this polystyrene head? Occasionally she shares childhood memories, but then the head says they don't belong to her. It's all rather baffling.
The darkness and the headphones work to create a sense of isolation; a feeling of being lost in one's own head. Perhaps these story snippets represent the fading childhood memories of adults, blurring and thereby distancing them from reality? Perhaps this play is genius? We'll never know.
Underbelly, Cowgate, 7–19 Aug, 8.50pm, £10 (£9).