Emmy The Great – Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton – 3rd October 2018

The theatrical glamour of the Duke of York’s Picturehouse is the perfect setting this evening. Eventually the curtains draw back on the screen as a short video begins, the photography and narrative telling a story about a girl who goes to China and doesn’t want to get married. The locals think she is weird and the Buddha turns her into a tree, where a man she fell in love with then rests under her branches. There was a bit more to it than that but, in a nutshell, the video sets the scene nicely for the show’s theme – that Emmy does things very much her own way, although she is guided a little bit by the universe too.

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