A disappointingly unoriginal second Fringe outing from absurdist Remote Control
This article is from 2015.
Remote Control’s last offering at the Fringe, La Donna è Mobile, was definitely a marmite piece. But even though that haphazard take on femininity and madness divided audiences, there was no denying its originality. It’s a shame then that in their second work, rather than building on the strength of their imaginations and harnessing that with a bit of direction, the group has chosen to go the opposite route.
Project HaHa starts off promisingly. A woman dressed in yellow, blissfully content, starts a sequence of whispers around the audience. ‘You’re in the best seat,’ she tells each of us. It’s an invitation to smugness, an indicator that what’s to come might be a spiky dissection of the dark side of happiness. Instead we get her swirling about the set murmuring ‘cool’, while another woman slides on the floor – handily dressed in black in case we were in any doubt as to what she might represent. Eventually the pair pop coloured pills and zone out, dead-eyed.
Everything feels slow and meandering, and short on material. The final ten minutes have more visual intrigue, but not enough to rescue the piece from its determination to be weird whatever the cost.
Summerhall, 560 1581, until 30 Aug (not 17, 24), 7.50pm, £10 (£8).