Writer: Catherine Ireton
Director: Caroline Byrne &Catherine Ireton
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
This year the Fringe has played host to an enormous amount of well-composed fresh-eyed Irish one-woman shows. There is always one play however which breaks the chain of pristine deliciousness and this time around it is Catherine Ireton’s own coming-of-age storyLeaving Home Party.
With such an unusual indie-esque voice where she can soarthrough the octaves in a single lyric and hold notes for pleasure, it is no wonder that Ireton has collaborated with Belle and Sebastian’s leading man Stuart Murdoch on his side projectGod Help the Girl. Some projects turn out well andLeaving Home Partyproves that some unfortunately do not.
In 2005 Ireton booked a one-way flight to Gatwick and was undecided on where she would call home in the future. Told in a sweet song format,Leaving Home Partyis Ireton’s story of travelling to Scotland and wondering if she will ever leave the country.
Some of the tunes can be relatable to travellers, but what is wrong with the songs in general is that they lack depth. Ireton has a way of repeating the same lyrics constantly which leaves us feeling rather bored with this lack of creativity. Her beaming eyes and smile to match make her appear to be a caring 32-year-old, however her tale is very self-absorbed and far too common. The only exception tht makes this a wonder is her voice.
It is a shame as both of these musicians are talented. You have high expectations that with musician Ignacio Agrimbau being a veritable one man band and Ireton being a beautiful vocalist their music will be in harmony. Again this is another problem as the instruments and vocals clash, thus what meaning could be salvaged from the performance is unattainable.
A story told through music which lacks the two basic essentials: creative lyrics and an interesting story.
Runs until Sat 23rdAug