Unconditional review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘charm in abundance’
In Unconditional real-life mother and daughter Stefanie Mueller and Josie Dale-Jones play a mother and daughter putting on a show together. The world in which they’re putting on their show is increasingly unstable. It is a world with monsters in it; it’s basically a “total shit-storm” as they keep telling us as well as each other.
This storytelling show sees them weaving together an increasingly fantastical narrative involving rainstorms and a world on the verge of collapse; by the end there will be death but also birth.
Both performers are warm, funny and generous, their movements precise and their energy considerable. There’s a sense of playfulness to the show that’s hard to resist even though structurally it’s a little fuzzy at times.
They’re both entertaining comic performers – whether it’s Josie pretending to be a tiny child too short to reach the microphone, or Stefanie waddling like penguin – and the nature of their relationship, the threads that connect them, in a gentle understated way, become vital to the tone of the piece.