Theatre review: Good Mourning! VOstBil
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Good Mourning! VOstBil at Institut Francais d’Écosse (Venue 134), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd
This show begins with a list of things Swiss actress Florence Minder will not do during her show – dance, get naked, sing or even move around that much – but it transpires she will don a wig, wield a rifle and speak in English to get into character as her American alter ego. Her reasoning for this is that adopting a persona and speaking in a non-native tongue makes it easier for her to share the tough stuff with an audience. So be it.
However, her meditation on the seven stages of grief – shock, denial, anger etc – performed with French surtitles, is absorbing enough to resonate beyond this artificial set-up, in particular when she relates the unusual circumstances through which she arrives at the final point in the grieving process.
Minder is never explicit about who or what she is grieving for but it seems that spending a month travelling cargo across the Atlantic as the only non-crew passenger is a great healer, allowing her to arrive in the United States a new person.
MORE INFO: Good Mourning! Vostbil is at Institut Francais d’Ecosse
Originally published in The Scotsman