If That's All There Is? (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

If That's All There Is?

Eccentric study of a banal relationship

What happens when you realise the man you're marrying is actually utterly dull? Such is the fate that befalls Frances, no sooner than her new husband Daniel has finished his painfully long wedding speech. In the opening scene, we are the guests and as the thank yous drag on, we witness her moment of frustration as she shoots the groom (or perhaps merely spills red wine over his heart).

The time frame shifts into the past, and Daniel is seeking a therapist's advice on what he perceives to be his fiancée’s progressively bizarre behaviour. It soon becomes obvious though that both characters are fairly unhinged as a result of their mundane, bureaucratic jobs. Frances bashes away at her keyboard in between stuffing wedding cake into her mouth and instructing the mute work-experience girl Christina to make another 300 photocopies.

Daniel seems to express himself through pie charts and seating plans, and the play follow his journey to escaping from this banality, climaxing with him accidentally belting out Phil Collins' 'Take A Look At Me Now' during an office power-point presentation. The show makes use of an overhead projector, but the three members of the cast need few props to enhance their character studies in this darkly comic series of sketches that string together the couple's story.

If That's All There Is?

  • 3 stars

Winner of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award 2009, Guardian Pick of the Fringe for ‘turning anxiety into an artform’ and short-listed for the Total Theatre Award 2009. Commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith, If That’s All There Is premiered at the Traverse Theatre in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe…

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