ED2013 Theatre Reviews

Twenty Six Marathons In Twenty Six Days (Vicki Weitz / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Sunday 25 August 2013

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive feats in Edinburgh this year, if more or less impossible to rate out of five (so I haven’t). Pushing both performance art and her body to the limit, in this piece, as the name suggests, Vicki Weitz is running twenty six marathons up and down the Royal Mile, one every day of the Fringe. She’s aims to explore where people find motivation from, while blurring the line between sport and art, and looking at the motivation behind “domestic performance”. Arguably these combined aims confuse things a little, because each of these ideas could have very different executions. Though, while I did see Weitz during one of her runs, she is also recording her experiences on both a blog (www.vickiweitz.co.uk) and on Twitter (@vickiweitz), and I think this documentation and the accompanying reflections are as much the performance as the run itself.

Royal Mile, until 26 Aug, 7.00am.
[Christopher Spring]