Spoken word review: We Are All Orange Ghosts (Dan Simpson)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: We Are All Orange Ghosts (Dan Simpson) at Fiddler’s Elbow (venue 71), reviewed by Roger Cox
IS IT POSSIBLE to learn important life lessons by studying the orange ghost from old-school video game Pac-Man? That’s the hypothesis poet Dan Simpson sets out to test in this charmingly geeky show, and he doesn’t do a bad job.
Simpson presents his hour as if it’s a lecture, donning a tweed jacket and checking we’ve all done the required reading before he starts.
There’s an introduction to the apparently contradictory role the much-maligned ghost plays in the game, followed by a discussion of his broader significance. Does the fact that he is programmed to behave in a certain way mirror the way society imposes expectations on us? And what would happen if we (or the ghost) broke free of our coding and started behaving differently?
It’s a neater premise than it sounds, and there’s no doubting the depth of Simpson’s knowledge. At times, though, his delivery can be a little rushed, and some of his poems are so prosaic that it can be difficult to tell when the cod-lecture ends and the verse begins.
MORE INFO: We Are All Orange Ghosts at Fiddler’s Elbow, until 18 August. Today 2:45pm
Originally published in The Scotsman