Two Johnnies Live Upstairs in Institut Français at Edinburgh 2011
A little of slice of Gallic culture at the heart of the New Town
This article is from 2011.
Imagine a stripey-shirted onion seller left Brittany for Edinburgh many years ago, and managed to peddle his wares so successfully that he bought a house on Randolph Crescent where his descendants still live today. This is the world that the Institut Français d’Ecosse and theatre company Mythos Festival invite you to enter, as the French Institute is transformed into a theatrical home, where each family member has a story to tell.
‘You never know what you are going to find behind each door,’ explains writer/performer Achille Grimaud. ‘It’s full of small spaces with lots of stairs and lots of doors. So any doors that open you will have a surprise.’
The surprises will come in the form of animation, singing, puppetry and a great deal of silliness with the onion theme carrying through each performance and comedians interacting directly with the audience along their tour. But Grimaud won’t say more than that, for fear of ruining the illusion. ‘The experience is to take the visitors between reality and fantasy,’ he says, ‘just for a moment, to forget where you are.’
Institut français d’Ecosse, 225 5366, 8–26 Aug (not 13 & 14, 20 & 21), 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, £10 (£8). Preview 5 Aug, £8.