Caroline Smith / Escalator East to Edinburgh
Meet Rita Grebe, a seven-foot woman who thinks she’s a bird. The latest alter-ego of performance artist Caroline Smith, ‘deliciously dark’ (The Guardian), ‘curiously cathartic’ (The Times), was researched with British birdwatchers – and now Rita’s hell-bent on turning the archetype of the twitcher on its head. Dressed in elaborate great crested grebe plumage, Smith questions what happens when a bird runs the show and the label of ‘human’ no longer applies. Expect the comical and surreal, for not everything is what it seems… Continuing Smith’s themes of uprooting the everyday in order to uncover and examine the strange.