Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – Gigantic Lying Mouth
Review by Shayli Robinson – Showbill.ca Guest Writer
September 1, 2017
Surely, you’ve had thoughts about what happens to your mind and soul after you die. In his brand-new show, Kevin P. Gilday offers a window into his (atheist and sardonic) views of the immediate afterlife, purgatory, hell, and the never-ending presence of commodification.
Refusing to accept death without finishing his “masterpiece,” as any self-sure aspiring screenwriter would, Gilday strikes a deal with a voice from the heavens named Lazarus for one more chance to complete and perform it. Part of the deal, however, is to atone for his sins as a giant liar in the remaining circles of hell.
Although transitioning easily between theatre and spoken word, it does feel as though there is something missing in Gilday’s delivery during his monologues that’s present in the show’s eight poems. Despite this, it is a well-prepared and -rounded show that you can tell his heart has gone into. His poetry has all the markings of a modern spoken word poet – poems about gender stereotyping, love, a dark childhood memory, existentialism, death, romantic break ups, the art form itself, and “whiny voices” (although a white male character self-described as having average weight and looks denouncing slam poetry concerning racism and body issues wouldn’t fly in Victoria’s slam scene) usually delivered in the classic slam voice.
A story told combining multimedia, monologue, spoken word poetry, and dark comedy filled with a true Scotsman’s coarse language, Gigantic Lying Mouth provides an entertaining view of the afterlife to which you’ll want to both laugh and cry in commiseration. It offers raw, honest feelings with clever references that leaves its audience questioning everything from their egos to modern love.
Created/Performed by Kevin P. Gilday
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 1 (Victoria Event Centre)
- Sept 1 @ 6:45pm
- Sept 2 @ 1:30pm
- Sept 3 @ 5:30pm