Miranda Julys feature length film Me and You and Everyone We Know is a beautiful and captivating meditation on the themes of love, isolation and art. Unspoken Agreements devised performance inspired by Julys work is not.
With six televisions, one video-camera and two actors onstage, this play tries in vain to capture the elegance and innocence to Julys film. Instead, everythingfrom the sparkly spandex costumes to the live-feed recording of the audience, the poignantly lyrical script to the narcissistic video diaries posing as artseems far too aware of its own quirkiness.
The two eccentric characters, Rachel and Tom, are neighbours who spew the details of their lonely lives to the audience while the other sits only feet away, beyond residential walls. There are some pleasantly soothing moments of dance and the whole production has a meditative quality, but there are no new ideas in this piece. Though its supposed to be an innovative exploration of modern seclusion, when a character feels the need to explain Skype, the play already appears dated. It lacks the strength of plot, the compassion and the subtleties of Julys script, and watching it not quite achieve her charm made me wish Id rented the film instead.