'Ma Biche et mon Lapin' - Collectif Aïe Aïe Aïe | Edinburgh 2012
Sometimes the best theatrical treasures of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are the small and perfectly formed ones, often hidden away in unusual performing spaces. Such was 'Ma Biche et mon Lapin', a sparkling 30 minutes of pure delight, presented by the French company Collectif Aïe Aïe Aïe in an intimate basement at the French Institute.
All we see when we enter is a small table behind which sit the show’s charming and skillful performers, Charlotte Blin and Julien Mellano. They immediately begin to transform the bare space, and our expectations.
Every day household objects – napkins, corkscrews, a miniature bottle of alcohol and a glass, a musical jewellery box fashioned like a Swiss chalet – are expertly brought to life and manipulated to tell us a classic boy meets girl love story. There are some beautifully unexpected and laugh out loud twists and turns before we reach the happily ever after ending.
Such is the intense empathy that the two performers have for these mundane objects, that we also quickly sympathise with the struggles of a penknife to find and keep his true love, a napkin holder. There is also delightful, homespun gadgetry, including a tiny pyrotechnic that comes as a complete surprise and small speakers built into a china rabbit and deer, which provide a humorous soundtrack throughout.
'Ma Biche et mon Lapin' is a production of great style and elegance. It offers 30 minutes of pure joy and playfulness, and is totally recommended to everyone who likes to smile and laugh.
Ma Biche et mon Lapin
Collectif Aïe Aïe Aïe