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A Corner of the Ocean (Bristol)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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What an amazing 1 hour and 20 minutes at the Tobacco Factory Theatre watching Jammy Voo performing A Corner of the Ocean. Watching this production is like taking a voyage of discovery into your own imagination.

As described in the publicity “When a man mysteriously goes missing in a diving accident, reports of his disappearance ripple through the lives of four women in their different parts of the world… Physical theatre, puppetry and sublime visual imagery reveal the absurdity of trying to carve out a stable place for ourselves in a continuously fluctuating world.”

A Corner of the Ocean is the company’s second production – the first being the highly acclaimed Something Blue - and provides a fascinating evening’s entertainment. The four members perform separately from each other although cleverly inter-linking when required. They each tell the story of their individual characters using a mixture of words, physical theatre, music and puppetry but most of all using your imagination.

The four Jammy Voo members on stage are Kate Edwards (UK), Emily Kreider (USA), Eliza Wills Crisp (UK) and Yngvild Aspeli (Norway) – all former members of the Jacques Lecoq School. They formed Jammy Voo in 2006.

As the evening progresses we see the story of the four different characters unfolding – the lonely agoraphobic - played by Kate - who wants to have a Christmas dinner for two but has only a couple of hours to go out and organise it – if she can. The Norwegian sacked professor – played by Yngvild - who is convinced that all the natural disasters in the world are linked to ill health. The teacher - played by Emily - who has long conversations with God. Finally the girl with a suitcase full of memories - played by Eliza – who is desperately looking for the attention she never received in the past. The actors make wonderful use of music, a few props and some lovely puppetry.

Please go and see this production – open your mind and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with your corner of the ocean.


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