Friday, 22 August 2014

A Table


A Table, Stasis Company, theSpace: Venue 45 @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival - reviewed on 21st August
  
An abusive sadomasochistic couple forms the centrepiece of Statis Company's highly disturbing A Table. A film shows dominant Isabel Palmstierna forcing partner Olivia Norris to eat and vomit spaghetti repeatedly (literally ad nauseum). Onstage, the former then carries her submissive doll-like trophy and strokes her hair before switching back to violence.
   
At first, Norris's eyes are filled with fear, but her need for and comfort in being controlled soon becomes apparent. Left alone, she is distraught until her abuser returns.
 
Though polished in its delivery, A Table's subject matter makes for unpleasant viewing.

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