‘The Very Important Child’ in Edinburgh

17 Aug 2017

Image by John Freddy Jones

‘Do you have the ego of a baby? Are you conformist, individualistic, self-protective? Christopher and Virginia are here to teach you a lesson, but not everything is rosy with them either. This is about throwing your toys out of the pram. This is about why we fight.’

“Funny, thought-provoking, clever and silly” – To Do List

“Engaging… a good honest look in the mirror” – Buzz Mag

“Visually there’s so much to take in and enjoy… I was enthralled throughout” – Views from the Gods

The Very Important Child is a touring show about personal conflict and the human ego, performed by one dancer and one musician. It begins as a lecture regarding Jane Loevinger’s theory of ego development, before veering off, leaving the audience trapped inside the argumentative performer’s nightmare, as their relationship triumphs and disintegrates. With detailed handouts for every audience member, there is equal emphasis on Loevinger’s original work as there is on the narrative exploring our two hosts’ damaged psyches. For a small scale show, The Very Important Child still packs a punch, with a multitude of props and particles flying out of the onstage buckets, and a dense, dynamic sound design accompaniment throughout. This is a devised story where the characters’ story is embellished with movement, music and comedy.

The Mostly Everything People have been making theatre with live music and text since 2012. Their work has been presented internationally in Sweden, Germany, the U.S. and throughout the U.K. Supported by Arts Council England, AMATA (Falmouth University) and Nescot College, The Very Important Child was first developed in August 2016 and has since toured regionally to London, Falmouth, Penzance, Cardiff and Epsom.

The Very Important Child is co-artistic directed by Jennifer Fletcher, a recipient of One Dance UK’s Choreographers Observership Programme 2017-2018.

For further information, please visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website.