Comedian/guru Jamie Wood returns with his new show
Beautiful, poetic and sublime imagery, assisted by silly music and soundscapes prerecorded by Jamie Wood himself, transported us unknown places in the wilderness.
The Scottish winds blow violently through the fabric lined walls of the theatre, aptly adding effect to Wood’s most ritualistic moments on stage. He is so playful and gentle with his audience that it is difficult for anyone to resist the active audience participation required. The charm and vulnerability Jamie Wood presents is so intoxicating that is impossible not to be transfixed by his performance, and his comedic imagination is infectious. However, his meanderings could have evoked more significance and grounding had there been more moments of discovery in the quest. The moment where he had members of the audience onstage as sleeping babies was fun and felt like it was supposed to have some greater meaning within the piece, but it was not tangible, nor was it as funny as the audience hoped it to be. The rest of the show continued this way.
Beautiful, poetic and sublime imagery, assisted by silly music and soundscapes prerecorded by Jamie Wood himself, transported us unknown places in the wilderness. Around the fire, which was previously Jamie Wood’s fabulous wings costume piece, members of the audience hilariously personated spirit animals. I Am A Tree asks its audience “where are you on your pilgrimage?” and Jamie Wood effortlessly bewitches his listeners, but does not create the frolicsome, magical and spiritual experience as effectively as in his previous shows.