Fringe preview: The Soaking of Vera Shrimp
Magical powers as a coping mechanism
This article is from 2015.
Fourteen-year-old Vera's preternatural ability to read the emotional content of raindrops, soaked up from the water's contact with others, provides the basis for a show that explores universal themes in an intimate setting. 'At its heart, the show is about grief and hope,' says Carr. 'I wanted to explore a character who is feeling lost and lonely, something we have all, to varying degrees, felt in our lives.' After the death of her mother, Vera's discovery of her power gives her a way to cope with the tragedy. 'Her conviction and determination keeps her going, actively researching and learning about her amazing ability,' says Carr. 'It gives her focus while all around her things are changing.'
Beginning life as a narrated storytelling show that won the 2013 Live Theatre/The Empty Space Bursary Award, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp evolved through a collaborative process into a solo performance that places its 'funny, brave, bolshy and vulnerable' protagonist centre stage. 'It's all told directly to the audience,' says Carr, 'and that brings a real connection to what we're talking about and exploring.'
Helmed by 2007 Arches Award-winning director Rosie Kellagher, this unique solo show-cum-science lesson promises a moving, yet funny look at a young girl's recovery from heartbreak.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 (not 18)Aug, 12.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6.