A fresh angle on the popular topic of Brexit and a charismatic performance from Margot Przmierska.
This short play celebrates a Polish- British wedding; one of the last before the Brexit deal shuts the borders at midnight. But instead of dwelling on our dreadful reality, it feels like a celebration that is channelled through Polish wedding culture by getting the audience involved in party games, dancing and singing traditional Polish songs. It has left me slightly amused and curious about Polish culture, but other than that, it doesn’t actually do much to challenge the audience to think. Not to say that this is what ALL theatre should be about, but from the description and way it is set up, I had hoped for a more politically challenging evening. While it is interesting to learn about the history of L.L. Zamenhof’s language (Esperanto), it feels a bit aimless with its message as a play.
For those terrified of audience interaction, the free vodka shots throughout (or water if you prefer) will soon get you more willing. Especially when being asked to do the infamous “balloon game” with one lucky audience member. But Przmierska deals with any reluctance or misgivings brilliantly; she persists wholeheartedly until you join in! And those who do get chosen to join her on stage get the best seat in the house as they stay on stage to watch the play from beginning to end. The embarrassed audience members do brilliantly, and while it can be so hit or miss to use audience participation, in this case, their small part works well. It creates superb humour, as the audience still sitting in their seats watch two strangers act their ‘first dance’ as a married couple.
Przmierska athletically imitates a bull in the ZUBR beer advert. She holds the stage with confidence and acts well in moments of spontaneity, reacting to the fireworks heard outside. Przmierska also speaks beautifully in both Polish and English throughout the play. Her commitment never falters, which makes you feel completely at ease as you watch her become increasingly drunk. She compliments moments by having absurd bits of humour (staggering up drunkenly to lay her head on a mans lap in the audience) and more dramatic speeches about the tradition and cultures of Poland. These hold the stage due to the mere contrast of the moment before.
A jolly and at times melodramatic soundtrack supports the whole thing, setting the feel of the place very well in Poland. All in all, it is a fun show led by an intriguing women, but unfortunately isn’t extraordinary or groundbreaking.
Wesele/ Wedding is playing Applecart Arts until 10 November 2018. For more information and tickets, click here.