Theatre review: I Want to Tell You Something
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: I Want to Tell You Something at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18), review by David Pollock
“Come prepared to share,” suggests the flyer for this new solo show by Caroline Sniatynski, and in this case more than most interactive experiences on the Fringe, it’s a pleasure.
Sniatynski is not only a keen performer, she has also adopted a tone here which is measured and soothing, a hypnotic transatlantic coo which soaks up the attention of everybody in the room. She is remarkably measured and confident, making eye contact with the audience as she proceeds, and the effect is both charming and disarming.
In this context the piece is more about process than it is about substance, and the purpose and narrative thread gets lost somewhat in the warm fog of Sniatynski’s words. She speaks in vignettes, in short and apparently personal memories allied with recollections of the Greek myth of Iphigenia, sacrificed by her father Agamemnon.
All the while she folds little paper boats and clips them to a frame, and towards the end the audience members are encouraged to write their own personal statement on a slip of paper for folding and anonymous sharing.
Even the memory of this quirky indie group therapy session is comforting, although the material doesn’t live so long in the recollection.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman