Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: We This Way, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters.
We This Way is a bit like Choose Your Own Adventure by way of Krapp’s Last Tape and Jung’s archetypes of the collective unconscious. Storyteller Seth Kriebel sits at a desk on stage, from which he operates a console controlling simple colour fields that fill a screen behind him. The resulting colours are cues for us in the audience to wave glowsticks to indicate how we think the story should go – orange to stay on the train, blue to explore the station, that kind of thing.
The plainness of the visuals complements the richness of the tales that emerge. They’re strange and dreamlike, full of stairs and towers, minotaurs and mirrorballs; locations and identities shift and slide and the story loops back on itself, returns us to zero or leaves us behind. The labyrinth is a recurring motif and an apt one: the whole experience is quite like being trapped in a maze. It intrigues us, cultivating a desire to keep track, to correct paths taken in error, to keep trying one more route – until you start to feel a sense of diminishing returns at the lack of overarching narrative or purpose, and an urge to return to boring old reality.
Summerhall (Venue 26) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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