By Aida Rocci | Published on Sunday 28 August 2016
‘Once…’ is a story about unrequited love and unrequited death. The dreamlike, almost grotesque world that Derevo creates on stage does not appeal to logic, but to visual connections that challenge the rules of reality and beauty. It’s better to let go and let it affect you. Yet, although Derevo’s clowning style is smart and developed, the characters are fascinatingly constructed and the design is very special, the emotional impact of the story gets lost at some points. Without that emotional anchor, it’s hard to latch on to the story and remember the images. Still, Derevo is a seasoned sailor in the clowning and physical theatre waters, and manages to create an oneiric piece that leaves a tangible impact.
Assembly George Square Theatre, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Aida Rocci]