Pirates and Mermaids: A Fairytale for Adults
A clever mix of legend and 21st-century alienation
This article is from 2013.
Cameron is sitting on a bench in Central Park in his kilt. By a happy coincidence he has brought his manbag filled with with props; using these he unfolds the tale of how he comes to be swigging whisky and lurking around in full highland regalia instead of getting married to his childhood sweetheart at City Hall.
To do this he uses the metaphor that some people are pirates: bold adventurers who sail boldly to the land of whatever is next. Others are mermaids, sitting on their rocks, waiting for life to happen to them. He also deploys his iPhone, a bag of Haribo, a stripy sock and a book about a selkie, the mythical Scottish creature that’s half woman, half seal.
It’s clever mix of legend and 21st-century alienation. But it’s too long and poor Cameron has to spill the stuff of his soul beside an audience stretching, closing their eyes and fidgeting with pens. Also, when he becomes a hielan granny reading the selkie story aloud to the bairnies, he sounds like Mrs Doubtfire. And that’s never good.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, until 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19)), 10:30am, 12:15pm, 14:30pm, 16:30pm, £10 (£8)