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Super Duper Close Up review at the Yard, London – ‘savage and tender’

Super Duper Close Up is a solo show about anxiety. But it’s an anxiety that’s so entrenched, so multi-faceted and solidified it’s impossible to pinpoint a singular cause.

Jessica Latowicki [1], one half of company Made in China, presents a monologue about a woman going into a work meeting. This scenario then spirals to include a wedding speech, memories of a grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and references to inherited trauma from the Holocaust.

Wearing a dress as shiny as a Quality Street wrapper, Latowicki performs against a cheesy backdrop image of waterfalls, the kind of thing you find in a karaoke booth. Her actions are projected on a video screen above the stage.

The structure of the piece skilfully mirrors the flickering nervous energy of the character. The interconnected stories switch around, at one point dissolving into an elemental stream of consciousness reminiscent of Patti Smith’s Horses.

On one level this is a piece is all about a specifically female anxiety connected to performing a tireless routine of social niceties and self-improvements, all the while knowing that female characters of a certain type – angry, complex – are widely unmarketable and being one can hinder an artist’s career. This is coupled with an exploration of more universal sorrows, griefs, histories and fears.

This is a show with an exterior that glistens and twinkles like a Faberge egg, but its insides are filled with a swirling molten pool of sadness and rage.

Made in China’s Jessica Latowicki: ‘The arts do not fit inside the capitalist model of society’ [1]

Verdict
Made in China’s savage and tender ripping apart of modern anxiety

Production

Production
Super Duper Close Up
Venue
Yard Theatre
City
London
Starts
November 13, 2018
Ends
November 24, 2018
Press night
November 14, 2018
Creator
Jessica Latowicki
Set
Emma Bailey
Lighting
Alex Fernandes
Sound
Tom Parkinson
Production manager
Simon Perkins
Cast includes
Jessica Latowicki, Valentina Formenti
Producer
Beckie Darlington, Made in China
Running time
1hr 15mins