The Voice of Things - Toilet Paper
Physical theatre down the pan
This article is from 2007.
The solo performer waters her toilet rolls, wears a toilet paper skirt and crown, drapes toilet paper across the stage and generally loses herself, and the audience, in the slow and painful process.
Are Underbelly trying to fill their rooms or just fulfil their quota of dance and physical theatre, serving up the wackiness that Fringe tourists feel they ought to see? This sort of performance must be criticised for the defence of the genre as a whole. The Voice of Things grates as the idea of physical theatre, just as the tartan and bagpipe shops grate as the idea of Scotland.
Hayan Theatre make it very difficult to know what they are getting at – so it’s hard to know whether they get there or not. But this is cringeworthy and hard to watch, and not in a bowl-me-over build-me-back up, Incarnat kind of a way. (Tom Tàbori)
Underbelly, 0870 7453083, until 26 Aug, 1.10pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).