|Leaving Planet Eaeth|
Saturday, August 24, 2013
An action-packed last day. And having pined yesterday for a stage and some thesps, I take it all back. Today I took part in Look Left Look Right’s fabulous You Once Said Yes. The piece, which stretches the idea of theatre to its very limits, is an hour-and-three-quarters of ‘chance’ encounters through the streets of
It sounds forced, potentiallly embarrassing, but you have to forget any
inhibitions and just go for it (which is kind of reflected in the title). You
never quite know where & when the next encounter’s coming from and somehow
they feel quite natural: in a shop, a guy asking for money, another who’s
lost... There are two or three more extrovert scenes which spice it up and keep
you on your toes, and there’s a wonderful finale in a pub which I’ll keep
secret, but suffice it to say it was my favourite experience of the Festival.
Would this work in Edinburgh ?
Ha, we’ll see. China
top of that, met Gary & Pat for lunch; took in a concert, Tubular Bells For
Two (two Aussie multi-instrumentalists performing, note for note, Mike
Oldfield's album which I confess to having a soft spot for – and it was
excellent, a real guilty pleasure); and finally Cui Yang and I took part in
Grid Iron’s Leaving Planet Earth – a humungously ambitious ‘play’ which
involved being bussed out 30kms to a state-of-the-art climbing centre,
transformed into a kind of immigration station for us 300 or so travellers who
were about to start life on a new planet, a kind of twin Earth. I won’t go into
all the details here, but it was good, not entirely
convincing, but impressive in its scale and detail.