Review by Siofra Ni Shluaghadháin
Now in its eighth year, the Show in a Bag initiative is an exposition of what lies at the core of the Fringe Festival. A collaboration between the Fishamble: The New Play Company, The Dublin Fringe Festival and the Irish Theatre Institute, SIAB is an artist development project which brings new theatre to new audiences. Since 2010, it has been immensely successful with both theatre professionals and theatre goers alike, and this year sees the return of the initiative to the Bewley’s Café Theatre, back in its titular address on Grafton Street after the completion of renovations.
Appropriate is one of the SIAB shows of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The performance, a one woman show, brings us behind the scenes with Sorcha, on the most important day of her life. She has just been married, and at her wedding reception, she panics and runs off. What possesses a woman to flee from her own wedding? Why, after all of this meticulous planning, after saying ‘I do’, is she having doubts?
Sarah-Jane Scott performs with charm and humour, carrying the hour-long piece with ease. Sorcha’s story, and the quest to ‘marry well’ in rural Ireland, is one which many audience members will find familiar. Her story is complete with the expected cast of characters; the mammy, or make that mammies, the town gossips, and the former inter-county hurler whom Sorcha has just married. And yet, the story she tells is not just a Fr. Ted-esque skit. Throughout the bride-zilla chaos, there are touching moments, and episodes of electrifying depth and clarity. All in all, Appropriate is a must-see for anyone who has ever come in contact with an Irish wedding.