The Paradise Project
Third Angel examine a perfect society
This article is from 2015.
Tron-like grids festoon the set, while a discomfiting buzz provides a strange undercurrent. But this is no sci-fi feature of twisted automatons looking to overthrow superfluous humans. Instead, this rather sublime, moving and pithy meditation on society is about how to improve, work together and be autonomous.
The trees, a symbol of longevity and strength, are dying and it's time to create a new Utopia. If only the pigheaded man (Jerry Killick) and stubborn woman (Stacey Sampson) could decide on the terms of engagement – is it 'rock, paper, scissors' or 'scissors, paper, stone'? Best of three?
Philosophical debates underpin the pair's creation of a set and assorted furniture: would a massage by a racist be acceptable? Is killing a clown justified? Why are butterflies the most perfect of all creatures? It's like IKEA with idealism.
The set is built afresh with each show and the rules are constantly shifting in this uncertain future – all that remains is optimism, however misguided. A smaller dinky version of the set within a set suggests infinity – or perhaps a sense that the duo are walling themselves in, shielding themselves against the outside world.
Killick and Sampson are an endearing and consistently engaging double act, and the effortless writing avoids gender stereotypes, by placing them as equals, both intellectually and emotionally. And they make a mean (and sturdy) wooden table.
Northern Stage at Summerhall, 560 1581, until 30 Aug (not 12,19, 26), 5.40pm, £12 (£10).