Out of Place
- Adeline Amar
- 24 August 2018
One man and many scenarios
Out of Place is a one-man show of mime and physical theatre, where performer Dichliev Guerassim acts out an endless number of situations, from walking in on his wife and her lover, to a circus show and figuring out how to change a baby.
The show entirely relies on Guerassim's antics, with no particular plot or logical link between the various scenes, the transitions indicated by a change of lights. An uninterrupted and rather loud soundtrack serves to convey different moods, from a James Bond-style sequence to old jazz or a Western tune.
Guerassim's performance is energetic throughout, but displays the same over-exaggerated reactions of surprise, shock and confusion. It is also sometimes difficult to figure out what is happening in a particular scene, and Guerassim's Harpo Marx-like character (down to the costume and hat) ends up acting out the loud soundtrack, rather than using the music as a supporting element of the performance.
Guerassim's onstage presence and dynamic style are however contagious: his wordless interactions with the audience and his mimed babysitting remain highlights of the show. All in all Out of Place remains an enjoyable and entertaining piece of physical theatre.
French Institute, until 27 Aug, times vary, £10 (£8).