Buried under the thick pile of half-crumpled flyers advertising the swarms of theatre, comedy and musical shows on offer at the Edinburgh Fringe, a fashion show with hints of physical theatre looks like a promising alternative to the mainstream festival experience. Gazing on the fashion world through a prism of ideas looking into gender, disability and spatial tectonics, Milk & Mucus is a production that is above all unique – as I quickly discovered.
With milk bottles carefully positioned along the runway, a band of one-shoed ashen-faced models plastered in fake mucus began parading the C eca courtyard. Wearing torn and cut white garments with the heels broken from one of their shoes, this was a show whose edginess unfortunately came across as an embarrassing flop.
Whilst I appreciate the clever intention behind the show, sadly I feel that these were ideas, concerning the maternal body of the woman and the overlooked body of the disabled individual that have been explored in a thousand and one other ways that have been far more successful. What I presume to be a barrier version of the glass ceiling made me wince with its predictability, the many other outdated feminist motifs unleashing my very angry inner Germaine Greer.
The models sadly didn’t do a great deal to restore any faith in the production, their blank expressions coming across as nothing more than boredom. However, I do congratulate them for continuing despite waning audience numbers. This production must also be praised for daring to try something very different, which is, above all, what the Edinburgh Fringe is about.
Catwalk performance is a genre of performing arts that I feel is incredibly difficult to do well and which many audience members will always struggle to like. Unfortunately though, Milk & Mucus by Catwalk Performance Fashion (New Zealand) wasn’t quite the breakthrough production I was looking for.
*- 1 star
Milk & Murcus is played at C venues as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.