'The Conscious Uncoupling' Rosie Wilby - Comedy Review

If you've been through a break-up, it's entirely likely that Rosie Wilby's new show will speak directly to your soul. Ricocheting from hilarious to heart wrenching, 'The Conscious Uncoupling' takes a frank look at the ups and downs of relationships and the moving-on process following a break-up, all the while asking 'Is there a better way of doing this?'

Wilby has created numerous characters for the show, ranging from relationship ghosts, to her stand-up comedian persona (which many are no doubt familiar with from her stand-up shows), to the storyteller who reflects on the key moments of her relationship. It is perhaps the fact that she uses real emails and the true story of her own break-up that enable this piece to strike the chord it does with the audience. It follows a non-linear narrative, which suits this piece well, and means we know where it's headed before it's barely started, thus making the happier moments of the relationship (told through the voice of the storyteller) crushingly bitter-sweet.

Wilby's informal style and almost effortless way of storytelling work well and complement the nature of this piece. You may have heard the phrase 'Conscious Uncoupling' before - it was made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, following her split from Chris Martin in 2014. Though the phrase has become a bit cringeworthy in many ways, and is perceived by many as a unrealistic ideal coined by chronically eccentric celebrities, Rosie explores the possibility that behind all the hype and hippy-dippy jargon, there could be some useful ideas in there, about how we could handle our break-ups. She investigates the notion we could shift our past romantic relationships on to a new terrain, allowing a period of adjustment for both parties, before they commit romantically to a new partner. It's an interesting topic for debate, I don't know how I feel about it, I wonder if exs are better left behind? Either way, this show certainly opened up a space for me to consider the alternatives and left me with a head-full of questions about my own past relationships.

(C) Amie Taylor @amieamietay

previewed on Sat 2 Apr @ 3.30pm: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Rosie Wilby next performs The Conscious Uncoupling at the Brighton Fringe
Mon 9, Tue 24, Wed 25 May @ 9.25pm & Sat 14 May @ 3pm: Sweet Dukebox (venue 262), The Iron Duke, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ
All tickets: £8 / £6
Ticket booking : http://sw.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=18:571
Trailer : https://vimeo.com/162121942

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