ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | The Oh Fuck Moment | Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe (UK)
Star Rating: 4/5
Review by: Karen Connell
In a nutshell: A not-so-subtle look at what makes us human
Best for: Those of us who know the oh-fuck feeling oh-so-well
Not for: Perfectionists
Have a cup of tea, sit around the desk and let’s chat. With all the fear-filled faces, it was like appraisal time, and in the hands of Hannah and Chris, we get down to business right away. We’re human, we like to pretend we’re not, and we make fuck ups. So what are your fuck ups? And what do we think of your fuck up? Why deny our fuck ups? Why be ashamed of what makes us human? Cue stifled giggles, cringing blushes, and shame-filled guffaws – yes, we are humbly connected by our shared fuck-up stories.
This was fast-paced and expertly delivered, with some stunningly beautiful prose interjected between sad and funny stories. In fact, the mood changed startlingly quickly from laughs and knowing glances at your fellow beings to awkward reshuffling of chairs and dewy eyes. While we all enjoy funny-funny territory, we are forced to engage with previous oh-fuck moments that had a serious price to pay. This is where the show hooks its audience with its heart, humility and honesty. Tracing our ancestral heritage of oh-fuck reactions, we are told “the future will forgive”. The Oh-Fuck Moment is an original and poetic look at the business of being human.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Monday 17th September 2012 | Theatre
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