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Small Talk (Probe)

By | Published on Sunday 25 August 2013

An impressive performance by Antonia Grove, ‘Small Talk’ explores the female and the desire to be something or someone else. It’s a collage piece almost, held together with recordings of a self-help/meditation tape. She’s constantly changing wigs and costumes and personality and visually it’s enjoyable, until you contemplate the meaning behind it and then it’s sad. As the flyers put it, she’s trying ‘to be all things to all people’ and in places it’s painful to watch but you can’t look away because the performance is so powerful. There is humour but it’s very dark, and the contrast between the funny and the pathetic makes the pathetic more lamentable. Wonderful, strange and tragic.

Zoo, until 25 Aug, 9.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jasmine Faller]