Theatre Review: Super Duper Close Up @ The Yard Theatre
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The actress is standing centre stage wearing a green metallic dress, her sneakers planted on a pink glittery carpet. She isn’t smiling. As she starts speaking, a robot-like stream of consciousness leaves her lips, with the “whatever attitude” of the millennial. But behind her remoteness there is a commitment and humour that quickly catches the audience. This is the theatre duo Made in China’s production Super Duper Close Up. A one-woman show about anxiety and the modern world. The performer Jess Latowicky breaks the rules and takes us through the internal monologue, of a normal 21st century woman suffering from anxiety. The stage is overly glittery, with a pink carpet, a picture of waterfall, fake flowers and a big video screen hanging over it. The sweet 'girlie' design by Emma Bailey is contrasted by the voice of Jess Latowicky, talking about irrational fears, “social media scroll” addiction and living in a world where youth is everything. The contrast between the set design and the subject of the piece seems a way to show the contrast between what people try to project on the outside and on social media, versus how they are actually feeling.
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