Edinburgh Fringe Series: 'Mercury Fur'

Edinburgh Fringe Series: 'Mercury Fur'

It is a challenge to put on a dystopic show when you are limited to a minimalistic stage and three chairs for your props. To make the audience feel displaced, to truly believe that they are in a world that is falling apart is a real achievement. Yet, this is exactly what Fear No Colours accomplish. Two hours of letting us in to witness post-apocalyptic, helpless world in real time and real place, 'Mercury Fur' is completely immersive, cathartic and tragic. A tale of a dystopian world, abuse, brotherhood and loss, Fear No Colours gave the renowned 'Mercury Fur' a new energy.

The relationship between Elliot (Raymond Wilson) and Darren (Callum J.R. Partridge) is touching, a darkened take on the relationship between Lenny and George in Steinbeck's ‘Of Mice and Men’. Wilson perfectly captures the pent-up frustration and fear after years of being responsible for his brother. With rants so fast and furious, his words act as the metaphorical bullets directed towards Darren in a world that revolves around physical violence. Their chemistry is tangible, and evident still even when the stage is occupied by the rest of the cast. However, Wilson does deliver his lines through bursts of shouting (quite an admirable feat when his lines are so lengthy), which actually waters down the effect as the play progresses.

Spinx (Samuel Skoog), in contrast, owns the room as soon as he enters it; yet the audience is still conscious that not even he can manipulate the events of this post-apocalyptic world, where nothing is stable. With a jutting jaw and eyeliner on one eye, true fear is instilled in the audience when even Skoog loses control.

With injections of dark humour, the audience also giggle and snicker unnervingly at the ignorance and the change in humans portrayed by Darren and Naz. Their brains, wrecked by hallucinogenic butterflies, instil great sadness in the audience as they recall the time that Kennedy married Marilyn Monroe and met Hitler, the youngest characters showing that there is no promise for the future of the dystopic either. Robert Turner, playing Naz, captures the true bewilderment one faces when the world you live in becomes out of your depth and you can no longer ‘understand’ it.

Fear No Colours greatly emphasises that, in a landscape where human life has become a source of trade, nothing is safe. I found myself fully engaged with every second - even when the action turned gruesome and the plot became even more devastating.

****

Kate Nicholson

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