Review: Wee Theatres Glasgow

Sloan’s Bar and Restaurant

23 June 2015, 7pm

3 Stars (3 / 5)


Three bite-sized events that seem non sequitur but each relate to mortality in their own ways. An odd choice made in celebration of Wee Theaters’ first anniversary.

If I Kill Myself Don’t Wear Black kick starts the night, diving straight into suicide (pun sort-of-intended, since Jordan Mechano and Alistair Burton’s sharing mentions that drowning is the most successful method.) Ensuring no pretenses, the men speak openly about battling the desire to end their lives, and opposing views on euthanasia for the physically and mentally ill. The performers courageously gamble laying themselves bare a mere three steps from the audience in front of two-dozen strangers.

Nuit Blanche, a four minute film, complemented the music of The Three Cornered Hat, which underscored poems read aloud by their writer Héloïse Thual. These works seem unrelated, but give a sense of fragility and fragmentation of life. Nuit Blanche has a woman advance through shattered glass towards a man (who splits a car into pieces) for a cinematic kiss that never happens. It is completely open-ended and challenges the idea of film noir, similarly to how the poem Contagion ends with “God knows./ Who cares?” Overall this segment delivers a sense of agedness and delicacy through film, poetry, music, and even the space—a candlelit room with woodcarvings.

The Penalty Clause by Alex Cox, attaches comedic undercurrents via Derek Banner’s character. A fraudster (not a thief!), his cellmate (played by Gregory Bonnar) turns out to have more of a connection with death than expected. The climactic scene pelts a barrage of new information – second by second – that changes the stakes and power dynamics between characters.

The location provides an atmosphere of privacy, but without a sense of isolation. A casually intimate experience of close proximity, while just a flight of stairs away from the rest of the world.