It’s difficult trying to describe
Despite all the weirdness, I can’t walk away from this show, which is so unique and so well-done, without giving it a recommendation.
It’s safe to say that We Are Ian is weird. It begins with the words “We Are Ian” flashing on and off on the screen with shoes with lights on them bouncing up and down on the sides of the stage. Then Ian starts ‘talking’, mumbling away about how cool the ‘80s were and how government ruined everything, but they kept partying regardless. The music is classic bass beats, with phrases like “hallelujah” and “we are Ian” looping over and over. Then they start being amazed by biscuits. It is fun though, We Are Ian using its surreality for some very funny set-pieces. The choreography of the dancers is fantastic, with lighting and the flashing screen behind them well-directed and funny. Even the acting of the three people on stage was brilliant, giving an impression of being robots or mind-controlled characters in some way. We Are Ian is a cleverly and creatively designed show in service of… something. I’ll let you decide what that actually is.
I do wonder if I should give this five stars. Not because the show isn’t good, but rather because the show is weird. I had a lot of fun, and so did the audience. It was cool, funny and brilliantly choreographed. But at the same time I have to acknowledge the fact that it probably isn’t to everyone’s tastes, including amongst the age group We Are Ian looks towards. And if you aren’t 20-25, I can’t speak for how you’d react to people orgasming at the idea of eating biscuits. But if you are in your twenties, have had a few drinks and are looking for a show at 11pm, then you’ll enjoy this mad rave party. Despite all the weirdness, I can’t walk away from this show, which is so unique and so well-done, without giving it a recommendation. You won’t see anything else like it at the Edinburgh Festival (or possibly anywhere else).