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Drop Dead Gorgeous (Same Same Collective)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

Well this is certainly one way to get your five-a-day. It’s truly hard to describe this eccentric piece, which feels more like performance art than anything else. It gets off to a slow start, and there’s a clear degree of bafflement from many in the audience, but they’re also mesmerised by the hypnotic dance routine. The company very successfully takes us to ‘another place’ – the music, costumes and smell of summer fruits are very much evocative of distant climes – and as the piece builds, chaos ensues: fruit goes flying, tables fall and fights break out. There is a message about femininity somewhere within the mayhem, but for me it gets lost, possibly because of poor pacing. It’s certainly an unforgettable piece, though, and undeniably hilarious.

Assembly George Square, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Melrose]