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The Last Show Before We Die

Words: Caitlin Finnerty

4 stars

The Last Show Before We Die is a riveting performance art spectacle that defies traditional boundaries and delves deep into the realms of life, death, and everything in between. As you enter the round tent with its central circular stage, the duo, clothed in nude-coloured tights, lie naked, setting the tone for an evening of vulnerability and raw emotion. Amidst lowlights and the resounding echo of music, a confetti cannon ignites, marking the rebirth of their presence.

Ell and Mary navigate the spectrum of emotions with impressive singing voices, interpretive dance and interactions with recorded interviews from people in their lives. They seamlessly shift from vibrant, sitcom-like enthusiasm to a tender introspection of their own relationship. Moments of comedic brilliance, most notably the crow impression, enhance the performance, making it a rich and unforgettable experience.

As the performance progresses, tension builds, reflecting the inevitable reality of endings. The gradual unraveling of their relationship is portrayed with a poignant metaphor – strings held by audience members crisscrossing the stage are cut link by link until there’s nothing left. This visual metaphor beautifully encapsulates the process of letting go.

The Last Show Before We Die is a captivating tapestry of emotions, skilfully weaving laughter, tenderness, and introspection. Ell and Mary’s unflinching exploration of life’s most profound questions leaves a mark, reminding us that even in the face of endings, there is beauty, growth, and the enduring power of love.

The Last Show Before We Die
Roundabout @ Summerhall
1-27 Aug


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