AKA Magically Overactive Imagination, Lalor captures themes of expiration, adolescence and perpetual circularity in ‘Nanny News’. Text taken from newspaper headlines punctuate the piece, while the character at its center, with a head that resembles a rolled up newspaper, wears a zombified expression. The impression this mixture of direct and indirect communication leaves is one that bemoans a sense of regurgitated news and therefore, the recycled lives lead by the people who inspired the headlines. Whether this is the media’s fault or ours remains somewhat ambiguous, but the dependency is ever present. The raised street on which the central character walks tells of a world that has become less a stage and more a loop, yet splashes of originality still pierce the recycled film perpetuated by hype and the scandal of fresh ink; the walking stick that resembles a candy cane, the purple rinsed figure that leans on it, the quarter lengths trousers and stripy socks she wears offer some hope, even if we’ve seen it all before.
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