- Sean Greenhorn
- 13 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Gig theatre taken seriously
A common line in the Fringe brochure is 'part theatre, part concert', which usually translates to a couple of songs played on a guitar at some point during the show. Searchers, by Seattle-based Taigé Lauren, however, holds that descriptor close to its heart. Taking place in the basement of Gilded Balloon's Rose Theatre, the show often has the feeling of a small club gig, with Lauren and her three-piece backing band spending about half of the show tearing through scorched rock'n'roll.
The songs themselves really stand up; however, this unfortunately comes at the expense of the narrative. A vaguely impressionistic tale of a woman searching across America, it seems to want to question what it means to be young and female in that society. However, it does so in an unfocused way, obsessed with certain iconography and allusions to a point that brings the flow of the story to a halt.
It's a shame, as the team are undoubtedly talented. Lauren herself is an engaging presence, wild-eyed and frantic in a Joan Jett-style dark vest. If there was perhaps more time focused on developing the story, it could be more than just the slightly random filler between songs.
Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, until 25 Aug (not 19), 10.15pm, £11.50–£10.50 (£10.50–£9.50).