LAMB (YOU'LL BE A SHEEP SOON)
15/11/2013 - 15/11/2013
PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT CELIBACY SHARED IN ‘LAMB (YOU’LL BE A SHEEP SOON)’ ON NOVEMBER 15 AT TE KARANGA GALLERY
Entertainer Leigh Fitzjames is back in New Zealand with Lamb (You’ll Be A Sheep Soon) – monologues about a year of self imposed celibacy told in a Mike Daisy stylised comedy show.
Lamb (You’ll Be A Sheep Soon) is a collection of stories about a sex free lifestyle choice and the cultural cringe encountered in North America and New Zealand. Inspired by an emerging genre of ‘storytelling’ made popular by the Moth Poetry Slam in NYC, Fitzjames will make light of justifying abstinence and overcoming sexual frustration. Questionably self indulgent, the performance will tract a year long narrative and feature musical compositions by Gershwin and Gustav Mahler.
About the Creator
Leigh Fitzjames has recently performed Off Broadway in New York City at The Abingdon Theatre and The Producers Club as well as performing in prestigious poetry and jazz venues and touring one woman show Love and Light. Locally, she has performed spoken word at recent charity events such as Live Below the Line and The Porn Project.
LAMB (YOU’LL BE A SHEEP SOON)
November 15, 2013
Te Karanga Gallery, 208 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.
Tickets $5 – 10
Theatre , Monologue ,
Review by Johnny Givins 16th Nov 2013
I applaud creative artists with the gumption to get a show together and show it to the public. The energy and passion overcomes many of the flaws in scripting, production, direction, and theatre skills. Unfortunately Leigh Fitzjames accomplishes all these limitations with few of the benefits.
Lamb (you’ll be a sheep soon) is a one off show at the renovated Te Karanga Gallery in Karangahape Road. I haven’t been up the stairs to the old Pa where many media companies started for a long time. It’s a great space that I hope other creative artist will use in the future.
Leigh Fitzjames meets the audience with tape on her mouth and every communication is done with hands and shrugs. The audience moves into the exhibition space which has a pile of glass clippings and a bench with a sheep skin. Interesting I thought! Fitzjames then sits down on a chair and ties herself to it with gaffer tape. An audience member finally goes and helps her get the tape off and find a lipstick in her pocket which she then applies to the actor. Why?
Great idea but I was waiting for the link to the story. It never came. The chairs arrived out of the ceiling as all the audience had to get their own chair and sit around in horseshoe. Again a great idea… but why?
Fitzjames then starts to tell a story. I think it is about her sexual adventures in New York and Toronto and why she had given up sex for 18 months. However I am not sure as there is little logic to the story telling and all dramatic scenes seem to disappear into a cloud of passionate angst interspersed with unrelated ‘audience participation’. We fill condoms with grass! I suppose it has some meaning but it completely misses my appreciation.
Perhaps Lamb (you’ll be a sheep soon) is about women rejecting sexual stereotypes. Fitzjames certainly does everything to ‘desex’ her look. Big check shirt, black pants, long loose hair so we can’t see the eyes of actor expressions until she turns and looks directly at you.
But she does do lots of simulated sex on the sheepskin, talks lots about pussy, and ‘talking the truth’. It is neither sexy nor truthful in a dramatic and affecting way. The emotions are never given a chance to reach the audience. It’s like a drug-induced dream filled with unexplained and unrelated experiences which only cast light on one element – the rest forgotten.
There are many excellent ideas and creative concept unveiled in the process of this production. With more work it may develop into a coherent whole in the future but certainly not in this performance.
Sexual history of a young woman is a great modern topic; woman artists really talking about their pussies, their false dreams, the neutering of women in the suburban environment … These are all excellent areas for artistic revelation. However you have to develop the script and production to give it theatrical power and crafts. This event was a fizzer. Long on promise but no bang!
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