Once Upon a Daydream

at Summerhall

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A joyful, but pragmatic multimedia show.

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In 2017 Sun Son Theatre brought Heart of Darkness to the Edinburgh Fringe. This year they have returned with a brand new show – Once Upon a Daydream. The performance ensembles a multitude of multimedia to bring a bright and joyful fantasy story to life. Physical theatre, projected animation and live music contribute to a magical fairytale about love, loneliness and longing.

LUI Wan Chun plays a young lady who uses her living space as an environment to dream in. The performer also created the hand drawn animation for the show and throughout Once Upon a Daydream she reacts and interacts with animated projections, whilst a duo of musicians provide an evocative soundtrack and foley sound effects. We are taken on a journey where a bird delivers a letter and the performer gets trapped in a gold fish bowl. It is a surreal daydream that attempts to grasp the attention of the audience with over the top movement and exaggerated physical theatre.

The programme for Once Upon a Daydream states that it is a “fairytale for adults”, however the whimsy and manner of the show might be more suited to a family or infant audience. The bold and extravagant performance sets a flamboyant tone, which feels like it wouldn’t be out of place on a kids television show. Once Upon a Daydream is very well choreographed, with the lead performer interacting with the projections and never missing a beat. Due to the tight and precise physical theatre that is on display the experimental nature of the show does not feel entirely spontaneous. There is a pragmatic and straight forward narrative that dilutes the potential impulsiveness of the performance.

Once Upon A Daydream is part of the Taiwan Season at Edinburgh Fringe. This programme bring the best of Taiwanese performance to Edinburgh, with four shows in total across Summerhall and Dance Base.

/ @stevenfraserart

Steven is Spoken Word Editor for The Wee Review and also reviews theatre and movies. He studied animation and computer arts at university and currently freelances in illustration. He currently lives in Glasgow.


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