Florence Minder comes to terms with loss in Good Mourning! VOstBil
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy-drama examines the role of language in expression
This article is from 2013.
Although the Institut Français has a year-round remit to champion the French language, it doubles as an intriguing Fringe venue. Florence Minder’s Good Mourning! VOstBil might be performed in English, but it connects to the grand European tradition of personal performances made by auteurs.
‘I was trained as an actress,’ Minder explains. ‘But I have been doing my own work for three years.’ Based on her own experience of grief, Minder’s monologue is a stand-up-style routine that questions the role of language in human experience.
Finding that her ‘French version’ was ill-equipped to deal with grief, Minder ‘introduced the American version’. Liberated by English – there are French supertitles – Minder is able to be funny about the stages of mourning. She continues: ‘When I found myself in a shitty situation, I started to live in English. I was in need of new words – like the Inuit people have a hundred words for snow. I needed more snows.’
Stripped down and humorous, Good Mourning! VOstBil satisfies the comedic demands of the Fringe while unashamedly addressing a serious matter.
Institut Français d’Ecosse, 225 5366, 13−18 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).