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The Death And Life Of All of Us (Victor Esses)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

There’s an undeniable warmth to this tale of familial secrets and hidden identities. In relaying the true story of his discovery, and deep connection to his great aunt Marcelle, Victor Esses not only shares her secrets, but also his own. We see glimpses into her life as she travelled the world, changing her name and her religion. Despite this intriguing story and his disarmingly charming persona, the performance isn’t wholly successful. The picture we get of Marcelle is, perhaps understandably, incomplete and we’re left wanting more. The overcomplicated melange of audio, video, projected text and live performance gets in the way,too, making proceedings feel more like an installation than a show: the messy medium obscuring the message.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]