A bold, imaginative retelling of three Argentinean tales
This article is from 2010.
As if getting into bed in the dark with strangers wasn’t intriguing enough, Micaela Tettamanti’s 45-minute show Poignant features one of the smallest audiences on the Fringe (only four are admitted at any one time) and has no actors or stage to speak of.
From a bedroom you’re led to a park bench near to where a football match is taking place, and from the bench to a circus stall. A set of headphones and an MP3 player are provided to help you navigate three rooms. Numerous small groups will encounter the rooms on a 15-minute rotation throughout the day, as Argentinean director Tattamanti retells, through projection and sound, three Argentinean tales: Julio Cortázar’s House Taken Over, Eduardo Sacheri’s Overhead Kick and Elsa Bornemann’s An Elephant Takes Up a Lot of Space. ‘It started as an idea for an arts installation and just grew,’ says Tettamanti. ‘I wanted to create a journey filled with horror, drama and comedy, where your own feelings and those around you become the main characters. Each room creates a very different experience, I hope people will enter and enjoy it.’
The Melting Pot, 226 0000, 6–28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), times vary, £5.