After the success of last year’s The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much (which also plays at Fringe again this year) Voloz Collective return to Edinburgh with The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose.
Taking full advantage of the company’s skill in creating visually interesting physical theatre, The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose follows a young girl from Kansas with big dreams of forging a career on Wall Street.
But Jess Wildgoose finds it’s not as easy as she thought, and ends up selling Macchiatos rather than trading commodities. When her life reaches a tipping point, she takes advice from a self-help book and discovers a very different side to New York’s financial district.
This is primarily a story a woman who reinvents herself by learning to take risks, but there are a few satisfying twists along the way. In their trademark style, Voloz Collective, comprised of Paul Lofferon, Emily Wheatman, Sam Rayner and Olivia Zerphy, create everything from skyscrapers and downtown bars with only four briefcases and their own bodies. It could have been a complex subject, but the company utilises several different devices to ensure it’s all clearly explained.
The story follows a clear and compelling narrative, and makes sure this is a physical theatre show that never allows the physical elements to take precedence over the story being told.
The Life Sporadic of Jess Wildgoose examines the American Dream and touches on how power and money so easily corrupts. With slightly darker undertones to The Man Who, but just as inventive, Jess Wildgoose is a successful second outing for Voloz Collective.