The Veil (Le Foulard)
Analysis of the subconscious disguised as slapstick comedy, and a terse satire on self-indulgence
This article is from 2013.
Her training in French mime – and having won Best Performer at Adelaide Fringe 2013 – gives Lucy Hopkins the perfect position to deconstruct the pomposity of the contemporary artist. With only a scarf, and a range of personalities fighting for attention, Hopkins ponders the potential of physical performance to be self indulgent.
Both an analysis of the subconscious disguised as slapstick comedy, and a terse satire on self-indulgence, The Veil allows Hopkins to showcase precise physical and vocal skills. Spinning between three main characters, she pictures an individual in crisis, tottering on the brink of mental collapse while maintaining moral superiority to those in the audience.
Hopkins parodies the exaggerated mannerisms of much physical theatre, yet her own control is astonishing: the veil becomes a tool to mark shifts of mood and personality. Witty and daring, Hopkins’ interaction with the audience and revelation of her vulnerability are hilarious and poignant – The Veil represents a beautiful synthesis of intelligent experimental theatre and physical craft, even as it mocks its excesses.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 4.20pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).