Tucked away in the Cairns Theatre at Summerhall is a play ostensibly about two fish having to learn to cohabit in an aquarium, but scratch beneath the surface and it is so much more.
Korean theatre companyTrunk Theatre Project have put together a masterful piece of work. Although you might think it a children’s show (and there was one toddler having a great time) the real themes and messages of this show are much more complex.
One fish equates work for food, so does everything possible to please the ‘master’, while halfheartedly attempting escape at night. When a new, revolutionary fish is introduced, the pair clash over ethics, and whether breaking the ‘wall’ that traps them is worth the effort, with the first fish arguing that it won’t make them rich or famous, so why do it? The second fish counters that it will help ensure no fish can be kept in the tank.
It also, amazingly, commented on the cost/benefit analysis of having children, and how as a society it’s difficult to have kids when you’re stuck in inadequate housing, and having to constantly work for food.
This truly is a beautifully charming piece of theatre. With props kept in suitcases, costumes lovingly handmade, scenery displayed using an overhead projector, and live music performed by fourth wall breaking plants, this show really is an absolute delight. I can’t even adequately capture the numerous ways this Blub Blub intelligently and humorously critiques society, so I can only – vehemently – encourage you to experience it for yourself.