ZOO Playground V186
August 11th to 26th (not 18th) 18.50
🌟🌟🌟 (Three Star)
This is a highly original, scatty, delightful and disturbing show. Performer Nick Field has done his research on the topic of unicorns, and a fascinating subject it turns out to be. Everything is presented with a lightness of touch and great confidence. Some things happen which would give problems to a less assured and skilful performer.
We are reminded of how queer culture is assimilated and used by the mainstream, for its own advantage, of the invasion of all aspects of our life by corporate interests, and of the danger of not noticing to whom we are giving power – of looking away and thinking only of the pleasures of the moment. The unicorn, first popularised in bronze age India, is seen as an emblem of power, and its power may be desired and the creature may be hunted.
Which all makes this show seem heavier than it is. It is to be embraced in a party spirit, but attention is given to the different meanings of the party. There is no lack of sugar – this guy clearly does not believe that he is sweet enough, and wants to experience more sugar. Nick Field cooks up the interest and the fun, all very smoothly. If you are one of the people invited to participate then you are fortunate and should relish the action.
This colourful show creates the sense of a party from early on, but there is a transformation which raises further questions.
The show will leave you with more knowledge about unicorns than you thought you needed, but it all slips down very agreeably, and you may want to go home and make your own horn of sugar, or even your own unicorn.
Nick Field is to be congratulated on creating a very distinctive show, one that is much fun and is entertaining throughout and has a good deal to say.