Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Some Thing New, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney
Oh, the excruciating embarrassment of the forced creative workshop! The awkward exercises where you are asked to draw an emotion, or read aloud your “free writing,” then have your feeble, uninspired efforts solemnly discussed by earnest “facilitators”! Is it more or less painful when you’re not sure if this is – as presented – a sincere group of young artists attempting to explore concepts of collective creativity, or a devised theatre satire about the same thing?
Either way, not joining in isn’t an option, so be prepared to chat to the group and your fellow audience members and to discuss your work. The group running the workshop, who stay in character, give themselves away too, as jealousies, resentments and very different attitudes to art are hinted at.
As their working relationships start to fall apart, leaving them questioning whether there’s any point to the whole thing, the audience is left wondering the same when it all comes to an uncertain end. Like conceptual art, this piece is very much what you make of it. But on one level, it is actually the workshop it presents, which some may find useful but will leave most bemused.
C Nova (venue 145) until 22 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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