Theatre review: I Guess If The Stage Exploded…
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: I Guess If The Stage Exploded… at Summerhall (Venue 26), reviewed by Joyce McMillan
Sylvia Rimat is a performer with a gift for off-the-wall stand-up comedy, who somehow finds herself trapped in the infinitely pretentious world of post-graduate creative performance.
In I Guess If…, her main aim – expressed with a pleasing air of laid-back irony – is to explore the human power of memory, and to offer up various mental tricks that might make us remember her show.
In fact, there is not much chance of forgetting two key visual elements of it, the large, dark-red lampshade under which Rimat spends most of her time, and the beautiful eagle owl she brings on stage, as a symbol of memory and wisdom.
But if she is really keen to create a show worth remembering, she could try this: she could remove her gaze from her own creative navel, distance herself from all those young creatives hanging around Tempelhof airfield in Berlin recording videos of each other, and try telling a story that matters, with a degree of craft and artistry that might make people want to listen.
Originally published in The Scotsman