Reviewer: David Doyle
The Big in Belgium season has become one of the mainstays of the Fringe calendar each year and among this year’s offerings is On Ice. Suzanne Grotenhuis won her prize for her last show, and with it came a prize fund of €2000. The money was intended to make a new show but in Belgium, that’s not nearly enough to make a show so instead Grotenhuis spent the money on purchasing an ice-rink and it’s on this ice-rink that her new monologue takes place.
That monologue, endearingly performed, is a meandering look at the world and one’s place in it. It’s an expansive look, beginning at the big bang but thankfully Grotenhuis skips much of it in order to fit inside the hour-long running time. It’s a meandering exploration that focuses mostly on love and isolation in the world. There are moments that the piece feels slightly laborious but the feeling that it is building to something as well as Grotenhuis’s performance means that it never falls flat. While some script edits could have helped the show along, it never feels dull. Some nice moments of design combine to add depth to a show that is about much more than it seems on the surface.
A thoughtful look at one’s place in the world, the show is intriguing in both its premise and form. While the payoff at the end of the show may not be quite as rewarding as it might have been, there’s still more than enough in the show to make it one of the more unusual monologues at this year’s Fringe.
Runs until 28 August 2017 | Image: Contributed