Thursday 23 August 2012 | By Jo Barrow
ED2012 Theatre Review: Bigmouth (SKaGeN / Valentjin Dhaenens)
Go and see ‘Bigmouth’ now. Valentjin Dhaenens delivers an enthralling 90 minute monologue depicting 2,500 years of oratory. Everything about this show demands superlatives. Valentkin Dhaenen inhabits his characters immediately, easily mastering transitions between improbable characters such as Goebbels and General Patton; the script is superb, speeches are chosen and placed with precision and in such a way that the audience finds exciting and fascinating contrasts and thematic unities; the sound design is exceptional, breaks are provided throughout the show by the looping and layering of melodies and fragments of speech creating spellbinding soundscapes. ‘Bigmouth’ provides a meditation on the power of speech, war, justice, race, America and hatred that might just be the most important show on the Fringe.
Summerhall, 19-26 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Joanna Barrow]