Without a doubt this show has the best title of the Fringe. Clumsy Bodies are a group of queer, disabled artists who look to retell the famous Greek Myth with Iphigenia’s voice at the centre. In theory this is a beautiful idea. Caridad Svich’s script is allegorical and magical. It’s beautiful to listen to and consume. The visuals of Clumy Bodies’ first production are similarly fascinating. They’re a mixture of rave culture, self-made video art, and archive clips from the likes of Twin Peaks, NASA, and CNN.
The show is a cosmic blast of space. It’s long and it does feel long. This is about creating space and giving space and although might not always make for a fast paced show it does do something politically very important. Jess Rahman-Gonzalez as Iphigenia is ethereal, and Sam Kindon as Achilles is stunning. Both characters are played by non-binary, deaf actors. This is about giving a voice to those previously silenced. Iphigenia is not given a voice in the Greek Myth and so Svich’s words aim to gift her some of that agency, as is the production aiming to give voice to marginalised people. The space in which we sit is shared and generously opened to us by these young people who are unapologetically visible.
The company is, at times, held back by the script they have chosen. I can see glimpses of a different kind of creativity wanting to emerge, perhaps that is devised or perhaps it is something they have written themselves. There’s a lot of potential here and I’m excited to see what their next production, film, piece has in store.
Also, as a short message to the company; please pay no attention to the people who walked out. They were silly and boring and rude. You’re all wonderful.
See Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable) @ theSpace on Niddry Street @ 10.10pm, 7th-12th August