Green Being Green

ECO5-Green-Being-Green-KEY-promo-imagePlaywright: Peter Ormond

Review by: Tom Mackan

Disclaimer: The company did not provide a programme and unfortunately I was unable to track down anyone afterwards to check out names and so on. I hope you will forgive any wrong assumptions contained here. I mean no harm

What this performance lacks in the way of design, direction and acting skills is amply made up for in genuine sincerity and natural enthusiasm. Their subject is the ecology and our neglect of it in our lives to the detriment of Earth and our society as humans.

The performance is delivered as a series of interviews with a backstage screen providing a visual accompaniment to the subject of each interview.

As I intimated above, the setting suffers from some lurking darknesses upstage and in downstages left and right. With the exception of Kyla McCall (whom we know from our theatre work), most of the speakers are non-actors, or have little acting experience. This is a pretty much a non-issue, as the show depends mostly on text and material and only a couple of “performances” happen. But it does affect us in voice projection, and I suggest dear readers, that you sit close up to the stage. Miking is not an option with most Fringe shows, so everyone would benefit from speaking loudly.

Be there, dear readers. There are a whole lot of important matters addressed in “Green Begin Green”. Fringe needs just such a contribution to its programme, because we are all part of the ecological challenges our lives are facing. If the vicious storm we all experienced this weekend is any indication, something is amiss somewhere, and this production of Eco 5 has some genuine concerns to talk about. And they’re mostly quite entertaining in their talking-about-it. The above mentioned Kyla McCall shares some visually delightful and informative moments with a bearded “Atlas” carrying the mighty globe Earth on his shoulders. McCall demonstrates the poise and presence of a seasoned actor, vital when playing  kind of foil role required, listening intently to considerable prose from her co-performer. “No wonder you’re single”, she observes. Lovely.

Fluoride in drinking water vs bottled water comes up for discussion. I loved the allusion to the world’s citizens moving “liked cows on the way to the abattoir”, as nature moves to adjust to our wasteful ways. Speakers orated from several points of view. The programme was moved along with the help of costumed gentleman with an ancient scrolled agenda, a feathered hat and a brace of arrows on his back. A lively lesson in laughter-Yoga had everyone participating, led by lady guru in a delightful Grecian outfit, and the whole was summarized by an equally Grecian lady with knowledgeable delivery.

“We can transform this world,” she informs us, “by sharing the load.”  Do try to see this 45 minutes of intriguing information. The Citadel upstairs theatre. Tell them I sent you.

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