An exciting couple of months coming up on the Fringe – this month I’m checking out Theatre N16’s new venue for a couple of shows, for one thing, and next month The Bunker Theatre will be a bit of a hotbed for new writing.
The fact that the opening scene, in which disenchanted art teacher Melissa tries to hang herself with her favourite scarf, isn’t the most dramatic moment in Moormaid immediately tells you quite a lot about Marion Bott’s play.
Moormaid is a puzzling and pretentious play that will probably alienate as many people as it attracts – though visually striking, it struggles to tell an engaging story.
Exploring amongst other things the relationship between emotions, art and war, Moormaid is not easy to pigeonhole. Written by Marion Bott and directed by Zois Pigadas, at its heart is Melissa (Sarah Alles) – a young, married art teacher in Berlin.