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Beth Vyse – Get Up With Hands! (Mike Leigh Associates)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

Daytime TV presenter Olive Hands is having a meltdown; we’re caught in the crossfire and there’s no opting out. Beth Vyse’s creation is teetering on the very edge of sanity and is desperate for fame at any cost, recruiting audience members for moral support and speaking parts as her show crashes down around her ears. A truly immersive and not unenjoyable experience, at times it’s like being trapped in a surreal nightmare; the shrieking, leg humping, and throwing of oddball props creating a sensory overload that’s almost too much to bear. As the show finishes the relief from the audience is palpable, but intelligent work doesn’t always have to feel good.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Kidd]