Wednesday 18 September 2019

I Was Birthed From An Egg In A Crater On Uranus - Melbourne Fringe Festival review

You can often forgive work for being a little rough around the edges if effort has been made, but with I Was Birthed From An Egg In A Crater On Uranus, it feels like creator and performer Eidann Glover has hashed something up very quickly and without much thought going into the show’s content.

We are told by a narrator and by the show’s title, that our protagonist, EIDANN, was birthed from an egg in a crater on Uranus. Now living on Earth, they find it hard to settle and be connected to the humans around them. Instead of taking the time to flesh out the character, Glover resorts to playing inane word games determining whether a word is a jargon expression or not. Just over halfway, EIDANN reveals a secret that undermines the flimsy world that has already been created and the finale results in nothing beyond a surface level, generic look at attempting to be part of this world, making EIDANN’s resolution unearned and unsatisfying.

However, Glover has a good singing voice and her musical numbers are a high point of the production. Her costume design is also quite fun, covered in balloons and various other craft items and she uses this to good comedic effect.

The inclusion of a narrator to tell us everything required to know about this show is lazy and uninspiring. Glover needs to think of a more creative way to tell her story. Perhaps if the same amount of time was spent on the story as was spent putting all the pieces of EIDANN’s costume together, we might have gotten that.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is about trying out new acts and ideas. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but it’s a bit of a stretch to demand $35 from punters for a 40-minute show (ten minutes less than its advertised duration) when it genuinely seems like minimal time and consideration has been put into what is being presented to the public. 


Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: until 22 September | 10.00pm
Duration: 60 minutes

Tickets: $35 Full | $31 Conc
Bookings: Melbourne Fringe Festival

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