Review: Invisible City @ Chapter
In the mood for a different type of theatre, I stumbled upon Invisible City at Chapter.
Written and performed by Lowri Jenkins, the work deals with the slight trauma of moving to a new place. Marie is evidently from a small, rural slice of Wales and has maintained this mentality all her life. Moving to a megacity and even experiencing the surreal nature of a supermarket can prove too much for her.
In her quest for belonging, she attempts to appease her clingy mother, via frequent phone calls. She tells her mum that she has made friends, when their is no proof she has actually done so. She is of the best intentions, yet her good-hearted nature is slammed and tested by the force of the ruthless city. We want her to diminish these thoughts of longing and loneliness to create connections of worth. Only we don't think this will really happen...
Mixing together performance, dance and music, the piece remains totally relatable as we often quest for everyone to like us and to fashion our own style of social perfection, which simply doesn't exist. This style can ebb and flow, as Marie experiences in her own encounters with a talking lemon (there are LOTS of lemons on stage), whilst speaking on the phone whist busy, and during the fury of using a self-scan machine and the delight of reward card schemes' benefits.
Lowri is totally honest in her delivery of Marie. The dance sections by Jennifer Fletcher (though brief) are mysterious, especially during the male voice choir's manipulation through electronics (Mat Martin excelled here), as Lowri shifts through in her movement. The phone parts linger like real calls: the amount of time you say "yeah" during a call or how long it can take to finish up with your amount of "bub-byes".
Lasting just under an hour, I craved more varying scenarios for Marie to be thrown into. More dance is also an absolute must in this work.
In short, check it out.
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