If I Were Me (3 stars)

This article is from 2015.

If I Were Me

credit: Richard Davenport

Tight and witty show exploring personal development

Featuring a collection of amusing character parodies - a CEO mad on his own metaphor, an arrogant career woman, a timid copy-writer who finds his mojo - Antler's show is a tight and witty look at personal development and the bullish branding of business language. Philip - a splendid Nasi Voutas - finds that he is not considered or respected, so 'rolls the dice' and becomes a player.

The fragmented, episodic structure makes Philip's journey an extended montage, showing the shifts in his relationships and his rise and fall in quick-fire sketches. He builds himself up through the apparent inspiration of the CEO and Bruce Springsteen: the finale may reveal his downfall, although the action spirals off into abstract physical theatre at the end and muddles the conclusion.

A sprightly and dynamic hour, with plenty to say about the way the individual is encouraged to understand their self through the filter of capitalism, If I Were Me suggests that Antler are indeed a company to watch.

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If I Were Me

  • 3 stars

Antler It’s spring. The world is blossoming. Phillip’s potted daffodil is dying. A copywriter at an advertising agency, fading into the background of a pale office wall, he rearranges words until they work. But life isn't so easily edited. Phillip doesn't want to be Phillip. But what if he never really has been? What…