Churn (2 stars)

This article is from 2019


Daring solo performance, on a timely subject matter

Despite an audience of only 4 people, this solo performance had unfaltering energy. With minimal props and staging, the acting is childlike in its playfulness and imagination. It jars however with the overriding theme of gun violence.

Whimsycube's tackling of this theme could not be more timely, (less than a week after two mass shootings in the USA), and yet there seems to be a lack of convincing emotion. The story focuses on Shane, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his younger sister, following a gun attack on her school.

His mood switches rapidly between playfulness and anger; upbeat sing-songy narration changes sharply into gut-wrenching, and very adult, roars of pain. This, coupled with clamouring voiceovers is all to depict the churning in Shane's stomach and his wrestling for sanity and acceptance. Unfortunately this rollercoaster of emotions fails to become emotive: what was perhaps meant to be a childish narrative comes over as lacking in conviction and emotion.

Although this has the potential to be a very moving performance, Shane's grief is not convincing. There is no obvious character development or realisation, and so his bouts of insanity and churning emotions become repetitive, rather than stirring.

Greenside @ Nicholson Square, until 24 Aug, 2pm, £10 (£7).


  • 2 stars

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