The Kosh in The Storeroom
Bending from the beautiful to the absurd
The Kosh, aka Siân Williams and Michael Merwitzer, have worked hard to create an atmospheric piece telling this tale of a dancing girl done wrong. Using props found in a storeroom they take us from her childhood to downfall at the hands of the ever unseen playboy Artie.
Combining some beautiful movement from sole performer Williams, who plays showgirl Zoe, in many ways they’ve achieved an interesting oddity of theatre. The set is well-utilised and claustrophobic, showcasing the best of our leading lady’s considerable athletic prowess. However, in exchange for extended sections of often confusing movement and song, The Kosh have sacrificed some characterisation, plot and pace.
For every charming segment which swirls across the stage, there’s another which drags the pace back down to a plod. The mood swings from the sublime, such a graceful number depicting Zoe’s dance girl days, to the ridiculous, with some very cringeworthy dialogue tugging the plot along. This is clearly a talented company with a show that fails to exactly hit the mark, but which looks very pretty while it tries.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug (not 17, 24), 1.30pm, £8.50 (£7.50).