08 The Metro - 25Aug09

Theatre Review: The Storeroom

Murder and revenge stalk this giddy show from Fringe veterans The Kosh. Co-director, writer, choreographer and performer Siân Williams has set herself a mean challenge in creating a piece that flits from dance, physical theatre, spoken word, song and puppetry, but she meets it with stylistic panache and technical brilliance.

In the storeroom of a theatre, showgirl Zoe rifles through its contents, each piece of memorabilia sparking a flashback of her affair with Artie, a gangster-like playboy, and his wife's subsequent death.

. . . things really begin to sizzle when Zoe becomes a showgirl, Williams using the storeroom's ladder as bars on which to perform a beautiful, acrobatic ballet sequence. When the other characters are introduced, the pace and glitzy spectacle ups another gear, with cabaret songs, a comic ventriloquist's dummy and – most dazzling yet – a double-sided costume used to simulate a passionate embrace with Artie. Later, when Williams plays him fully, her whole muscle tone subtly changes from when she plays Zoe; this is not a caricature, but a meticulously observed masculine mode.

There are too many memorable set pieces and sequences to mention here, many making use of an ingenious set and props that are as pleasing to the eye as they are clever. With Alastair Gavin's jazzy compositions and a performer as captivating as Williams, this is sexy, fun and deliciously dangerous.

 

Nadine McBay, 25 August 2009