Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.

The Myth of the Singular Moment

“Prickling with moments of profundity”
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

It’s a bit difficult to grasp, this. The idea that nothing has happened until it’s happened. And before that moment, infinite outcomes are possible.

In Jim Harbourne’s searching debut play, prickling with moments of profundity, there’s a man about to throw himself off Beachy Head and a woman with an envelope that will either tell her she has Huntington’s Disease or that she doesn’t.

Harbourne’s poetic script plays with the idea of multiverses and multiple possibilities, destinies and death. He and Kirsty Eila McIntyre narrate these two stories, with the solemnity and melancholy heightened by wonderful, mournful folk songs.

There’s a guitar, a viola, autoharp, flute and a gorgeous harmonium. The two performers play them all, while singing clarion harmonies – it’s amazing what a sound these two people can make.

On top of that are some simple but brilliantly executed illusions, employed perfectly for just a touch of magic.

The over-ripe imagery of the script is a small gripe. What matters is that this folk gig-theatre piece holds in its embrace a colossal, nebulous idea and reduces it to a poignant, human message about the precariousness of just staying alive.

 


Related to this Review

European Citizen PopsongEuropean Citizen Popsong

Production Details
Production nameThe Myth of the Singular Moment
VenueSummerhall
LocationEdinburgh
StartsAugust 1, 2018
EndsAugust 28, 2018
Running time1hr
AuthorJim Harbourne
DirectorRoss Mackay
Sound designerNick Harbourne
CastJim Harbourne, Kirsty Eila Mcintyre
ProducerAlex Bird, Arran Howie
VerdictPoignant piece of folk gig-theatre about destiny and the universe
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.
Tim Bano

Tim Bano

Tim Bano

Tim Bano

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Linked In
Pinterest
YouTube