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Taiwan Season: Once Upon A Daydream (Sun Son Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

‘Once Upon A Daydream’ is a surreal trip into the imagination of a single woman coping with the loneliness of city life. An expressive performance from Liu Wan Chun is complemented by live music, hand-drawn animation and physical humour to create a magical, dream-like world. I’m not always certain what’s going on – she’s a fish one minute, the next she’s popping endless heart-shaped balloons – but I suppose that’s the nature of daydreams. I do have a gripe with the fact the protagonist is constantly defined in terms of her single status, which in turn makes the romantic ending feel rather twee. However, it’s a delight to see such unique, exciting theatre from Taiwan reaching UK audiences.

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Marni Appleton]