All alone in a new city. Eve is ready to give up. Then she gets a letter and set off on a mission. Finding Fassbender, and finding herself. Jonathan Penney reviews:

Eve (Lydia Larson) decides to take a big leap for her career and move to London, which doesn’t end up being as good as it initially sounded. Upon returning back to her dingy flat, Eve discovers a letter addressed to the famous Hollywood actor, Michael Fassbender, who unknown to Eve at the time used to occupy the same flat. Now, it is up to Eve to track down this well-known personality and hand over this random letter, but with numerous roadblocks and her anxiety standing in her way, this is no mean feat.

Finding Fassbender is a monologue, with Larson giving great detail on how Eve undertakes her search. Larson sets the scene perfectly and gives the audience images of what each scenario entails. The representation of Eve as a shy and anxious character ensures the audience feel empathetic towards her. Eve she struggles to cope with many social interactions, which she has clearly not been used to back home in Wolverhampton. The anxiety takes over at particular intense moments, a major force that is stopping her from achieving her goal. Larson creates an internal battle on stage and it’s frustrating to watch, as the audience begin to root for this determined individual.

Larson’s storytelling and scene creation is initially excellent, but then becomes slightly lacklustre and confusing. There are interspersed interviews between the actor and Eve throughout the performance and it’s not clear where in the timeline of events these take place. However, a thought-provoking ending is a inspired twist in Finding Fassbender, leaving the audience feeling elated and like they have been on a journey with Eve. Throughout the production, speckles of humour provide lighthearted relief and further entertain the idea of Eve being a lovable character that is determined to reach her goal.

This is an interesting misadventure to watch unfold and Larson executes this in the manner of a true storyteller, bringing the audience into Eve’s world. Unfortunately, Finding Fassbender isn’t easily understandable. It loses traction in the middle, but the ending definitely recaptures audience attention and leaves them feeling fulfilled.

 

 

★★★☆☆

Finding Fassbender runs at Pleasance Courtyard as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 until 27 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.