Edinburgh Fringe 2010
‘I suppose you don’t realise what you’re doing’ remarks one character of Lulu, the lead character in this take on the classic story familiar to many from the Louise Brooks silent film. And it’s true; the girl at the centre of this piece who changes partners about as often as she changes her name is truly an Eve of destruction, absolving herself of all responsibility simply because no-one will allow her to have any; crediting her with all the power of a sex object while reducing her to the status of a little girl.
This is a sensually evoked pleasure garden, a circus of desire: a transfer to the The Famous Spiegeltent would seem logical. All the performances are large and stylised, and in most cases this is entirely appropriate: we’re transported to the Berlin at the turn of the (last) century. Not that there’s not room for cheeky humour: ‘Haven’t you grown’, gasps Pandora/Lulu/Eve as she hugs a potential new suitor tightly to her. ‘I’ve been thinking of you,’ he responds without missing a beat.