Reviewer: Simon Topping
Stefanie Mueller finds a note in the pocket of a beautiful red coat she buys from a charity shop. Intrigued by it, she returns to the store in an attempt to find out more about the previous owner. Mueller finds out Elizabeth is the name of the coat’s past custodian and that, sadly, she has recently died. This is just the start of her investigations.
Mueller starts the performance by creating a timeline of the 83 years of Elizabeth’s life in chalk marked footprints. The red coat remains a focal point for the audience, always visible at the back of the stage. From here Mueller jumps through time, back and forth, to different points in both Elizabeth’s and her life; exploring consequences of decisions made at different junctures and exploring the nature of coincidence, chance and hindsight.
Mueller is a confident, engaging performer; as you would expect from a graduate of Lecoq, the famous Parisian physical theatre school. Her curiosity about life, language and love is infectious. Her movement is beautifully timed, enthusing energy and passion.
The intertwining stories are both funny and thought-provoking. The small, but appreciative, crowd is thoroughly immersed in the piece.
A fine performance and very touching story of a woman Mueller almost met when she was alive, but truly discovered after her death.
Reviewed on 14 May 2017 at The Old Courtroom
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