Thought-provoking, well-paced piece of new writing
This article is from 2015.
As the audience enter, Kristien De Proost is running on a treadmill, dressed in a three-piece suit. A disgruntled old man sits behind her, with all the nonchalance of a security guard at a quiet museum. She is surrounded by pieces of her life, all exhibited in glass cases: hats, towels, shoes, and if you're waiting for the running to stop, you'll be waiting for the full hour and 15 minutes.
De Proost delivers her intelligent, thoughtful monologue whilst constantly moving. She explores every aspect of her life, from her facial structure to her decision not to have children. It is self-reflective and perfectly put together: often funny but never overly-poetic, the audience are in the palm of her hand as she regales them with her personal diatribe on modern life.
Though the piece does go on for a considerable length of time, it never feels repetitive. De Proost varies the pace (both of the monologue's delivery and the treadmill itself), which succeeds in holding the audience's attention throughout.
As the performance goes on, she removes more of her clothing, until eventually she is running naked. It is a perfect representation of the play's intentions: to examine a woman completely as she is. The result is a moving, thought-provoking piece of theatre.
Summerhall, 560 1580, until Aug 30 (not 23, 24, 27), 8.30pm, £10 (£8).