Pedestrian

A nightmare that no one can wake up from, delving deeper and deeper into surreality. As Tom Wainwright starts us off by walking down the High Street of an unnamed town, with an ever present gold fish in a tank stage right staring right at him, we can appreciate the droll mundanity that he experiences. Then as an army of walking fish begin to follow him, he begins to lose his mind in a looping repetitive fashion. Pedestrian is one of those Fringe shows that could be done simply with only Mr. Wainwright’s magnetic performance, but the sound and video designs allow this piece to transcend the limitations of most one person performances. The video content, projected not only on an obvious upstage screen but also the rear of the fish tank, at times gets a little too literal, but it aids in the delineation of territories within the dream (the subtlety of the initial fish tank projections makes that transformation so much more effective). The way sections and vignettes are punctuated with sound helps to keep the foot on the gas pedal, allowing Wainwright to pick up the pace.

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The Blurb

Brilliant new solo show from Tom Wainwright. Man. Goldfish. Nightmare. Breathtaking animation. Cinematic fishbowl. Epic journey from neverending pedestrianised shopping precinct to heaven's gates and back. A biting satirical comedy about wanting to change the world. And doing nothing. www.pedestriantheplay.co.uk

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