Produced by interdisciplinary company Two Destination Language and presented here as part of Manipulate, Scotland’s festival of visual theatre and animation, Fault Lines is a feminist fashion show with a difference. Well, two main differences.
On a neon-edged catwalk, six female performers – a range of ages and ethnicities – prance, prowl and pratfall around for seventy minutes, in a variety of outlandish outfits. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes together, sometimes solo. Sometimes silly, sometimes serious. That’s the first difference.
The second is that audience members are asked to bring their phones, download an app, and put headphones in. They then have a choice of six soundtracks to listen to over the course of the show. You can stick with one, or hop around between them.
Opt for channel one, and you hear classical music composed by women. Opt for channel six and you hear a passionless voice describe what is happening on stage. Opt for channel five and you hear contemporary, female-led pop songs of resistance and endurance – MIA, Lorde, Billie Eilish.
The most compelling stream, though, is channel two, on which the actors themselves can be heard chatting about their own lives – a childhood in Uganda, a mother’s suicide, a life without a leg. It’s an arresting insight into the people behind the performances.
What is it all about? Everything, really. Emotions and experiences, moments and memories. The whole thing is a delirious, disorienting dive into female histories, female identities, female expression. A riotous ritual. A chaotic catwalk.