- David Pollock
- 11 August 2017
Visually fun new show suggesting we think about what we eat
Returning to Summerhall after his 4D Cinema work won the venue's Autopsy Award last year, writer, performer, director and producer Mamoru Iriguchi is back with a show created for children. On one hand, it could be seen as an educational piece aimed at encouraging young kids to think about what they eat and what that food does when it enters their body; but frankly, no one who goes to see this show is going to get past the fact that it's essentially the one with a man in an incredible lion costume.
Iriguchi plays Lionel McLion, the majestically big-headed lion who kids will love on sight, and also himself, as the beast's last meal; the ingenious costume design means that both characters literally inhabit the same body, with Mamoru's face peeking out from the lion's throat.
With co-direction from Eilidh MacAskill, and Suzi Cunningham appearing as Lionel's assistant and proxy – her presence, very memorably, allows the beast to have a discussion with his own Mamoru-filled faeces – the piece is visually arresting and dynamic, even if the text is a little on the slim side. Lionel, though, will be a winner with all ages.
Summerhall, until 27 Aug (not 21), 12.15pm, £8 (£6).