Would you intervene if you saw someone being attacked? This is the question behind Jenna Watts’ most recent work. Cheerily presented by a funny woman playing on a swing and representing the friend who got attacked with a small plastic giraffe, it nonetheless manages to chill. Voiceovers describing other attacks and projections are given greater meaning by Watts’ interplay with them. The show combines her passion for walking the streets of Edinburgh with ideas about the bystander effect: it is clearly an issue that she cares about. Her friend’s experience is a starting point but never do we get the feeling that Watt has taken advantage of him to create the performance. An impressive show but an important one too.
Summerhall, 3-26 Aug (not 17, 18), 2.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lia Sanders]