Fringe preview: Yve Blake – Lie Collector
The proliferation of lying on social media gets a musical makeover
This article is from 2015.
'There’s this delicious irony nowadays,’ muses Yve Blake. ‘My generation has never had more of a chance to broadcast itself. We have all the tools to be totally honest and share our innermost thoughts at any hour, yet people choose to whitewash themselves. What they share is often totally dishonest.’
With her bullshit radar twitching almost uncontrollably, watching social media outlets froth and overspill with staged selfies, humblebrags and blatantly retouched versions of people’s lives, Blake had an idea. Could she get people to be honest about their dishonesty? Using her website WhoWereWe.com as an anonymous drop-off point for shameful confessions, Blake (a Sydney-born, London-based musical comedian) asked people to own up to a lie they’ve told.
‘What came back was a big mix of styles. The farcical, the funny, the “hashtag deep” … There’s something really powerful about getting people to speak about a fuck-up they’ve made: I don’t laugh at them, I laugh with them. Actually, sometimes it all gets pretty emotional too.’
Blake’s careful not to let out any spoilers, but she does hint at some lies concerning ‘faked pregnancies, flying sharks, a gown made of pizza and someone who tried to convince tourists that leprechauns were the indigenous people of Ireland: a much ridiculed, but fiercely pro-independence people.’
One hundred or so casual fibs and irreversibly damaging bombshells were then turned into songs by Blake, who worked with music producer Scott Quinn to create Lie Collector, her Fringe solo debut. She describes the end result as, ‘a mixed salad, made up of many different ingredients of genres and styles’. As for the delivery, ‘it’s me and a laptop, basically getting up in everyone’s business, and hopefully taking us all on a headspinning comedy adventure.’ And why on earth would she make that up?
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 17), 5.20pm, £8–£10.50 (£7–£9.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6.50