Directed by Grace Ava Baker and written by Kira Mason, Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass is about five different couples navigating their relationship in an ecological disaster. While Covid-19 may not have been an ecological disaster, for many couples who struggled in the pandemic, Tales might very well push a few buttons.
Being together by choice is one thing but what happens when you are forced together because of your circumstances? True colours show, cracks begin to form and you’re left questioning whether this person is who you’re meant to be with at all. And if they are, how do you heal from everything that has happened when your environment remains toxic?
Tales is a well constructed show and the cast, Cosette Bolt and Nathan Samuel Young, complimented each other well. However, parts of their performance fell flat and I didn’t feel their level of intensity matched the situation they were in. Nathan showed flashes of it, but I would have loved to see more from both cast members. It was missing that raw emotion you get from loving and hating someone simultaneously in a high-pressure situation – quite like an ecological disaster.
I was very happy to see the inclusion of BSL in the show, not something enough shows at the fringe have, but I couldn’t quite understand why it wasn’t used throughout – only in parts? To only half include it made it feel more like a gimmick opposed to a conscious effort to make the show accessible.
Tales was a good show with a solid concept, but a little more oomph would have gone a long way.
Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass is playing daily at Space on the Mile at 15:05. For tickets and more information, visit edfringe.com