The Conscious Uncoupling
@The Counting House
Reality Rating: 2/5
Fidget Factor: 0.8
How can we make theatre more affordable? We could make it free? With over 400 free shows at various venues, there is plenty to see for just a small suggested donation at this years Edinburgh Fringe. Rosie Wilby’s, The Conscious Uncoupling, is one of the freebies. Tucked away in the top floor of The Counting House, Wilby performs in the blistering heat of the loft room, with a lighting bar that consists of just two ceiling lights. Acknowledging the room is a ‘use your imagination’ space – Wilby begins her one woman show.
In 2071, love will be a battle field, and we, the army of love. Wilby discusses the newly coined phrase ‘conscious uncoupling’, made infamous by Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. When one splits from their love, only to become ‘amicable’ chums. Using ‘A Christmas Carol’ structure to reflect on her break up with partner, Sarah, we hear from ghosts of romantic, past, present and future. Guided through the torture of break ups, Wilby uses emails and written passages to share the memories.
Rosie Wilby’s performance is nervous and disjointed. Uncomfortably, each time an audience member laughs, Wilby points it out which highlights the rarity of the occasion. Although an open and vulnerable piece of writing, it doesn’t jump alive from the page and instead feels like a drawn out reading. The glaringly obvious sound is inconsistent and off-putting.
A stuffy hour that doesn’t leave the audience overly inspired or entertained.
Click for Tix: @The Counting House
Time: 1 Hour
Running: 22 Aug 17► 27 AUG 17
♥ Thank you to Rosie Bauer for the invite
♥ Thanks to Greg for Fireworks Illustration