Reviewer: Simon Topping
As the lights hit the stage, we are introduced to a very odd individual. A woman, prepared for any eventuality, stands before us with a cycle helmet on (just in case a gargoyle falls on her head), a vacuum cleaner (called Henry) in her hands, a toilet roll belt round her waist and mounds of sugar in her pockets. This is the start of the darkly comedic tale of desire and obsession; The Love of Stationery.
With an adoration of irregular verbs and the need to arrange her life in the way she orders her stationery in the shop where she works, Lisa Maria Berg has created a wonderfully bizarre persona that could easily slip into the world of The League of Gentlemen.
Love appears to be on the cards when Richard buys a rubber from the stationery shop and steals her heart. But there is trouble ahead in the form of love rival Deanne, our storytellers’ glamorous arch nemesis. Will she be able to retain her man if she keeps up the intensive programme of self-learning? Or, is the whole affair just in her mind?
Berg, a Norwegian, graduate of Lecoq, the French physical theatre school, commands the stage well. Her facial expressions have the audience in fits of laughter as she alternates between startled bunny and psychotic killer.
An interesting performer to watch, Berg holds the attention of the crowd for the entirety of this short monologue and leaves the audience slightly changed by the experience of having met this deranged and absurd character.
Reviewed on 20 May 2017
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