The most intriguing factor about Tiff Oben is her ability to transform - herself - her ego - her look - her age and even her gender! From Irish raconteur to Italian screen siren... Chav to Janis Joplin... Tiff Oben's characters open up a world of feral fantasy and deflux drama.
Teetering on the edge of an over pass she breaths life into the malcontent aka the characters we'd avoid like the plague or run from in a seedy back alley. She inhabits sketchy creatures with aplomb. With bite, bile & Beechams Powders we traverse her make-up / her flights of fancy / her escape from her day to day... we'd wish everyday!
Her very being seems to naturally transmute from character to character not so much acting as a persona makeover. Her chav-tastic relationship with like-minded chameleon Tom Goddard was made in heaven [or hell] depending on which way you look at it... either way twas remarkable... Traversing Swansea Town Centre on a Sat night - not for the faint hearted - they blended right in. Even the gorgeous McDonalds crowd embraced their every gesture with a profound acceptability i.e. they didn't beat the crap out of them for taking the piss... Ha!
Essentially Ms Oben manages to drop 20 years and become a young chav-ette struggling to make sense of a car crash relationship with her boyfriend who's priorities in life are getting as fucked up as possible and shagging as many girls as possible - their interventions in public and gallery spaces across South Wales have created many a dodgy situation... in one moment of madness she drew rude epitaphs on other artists work much to the annoyance of the Gallery Director and the post haste retreat back to Cardiff leaving irate artists hating her for wrecking their work! An Outrage! Ha! Or commendable rambunkstiousness? You decide.
Hidden factors prevail Ms Oben generates 100% translution of character. Praps the underlying [edge] is the escapism that's needed to create a new alternative persona/lifestyle/relationship? Whatever it is, it's this escapism that makes the characters believable... facade is meaningless, true migration of the soul from one being into another is heart rendering...
The raison d'etre might have a sinister background but work it jolly well does. Bombastic and irritating, interventing is hard work when your 4 months pregnant with a crack habit- hard to stay in that designated place of blockage... agitated morning sickness means your constantly rushing off to the bog! Mind vomiting onto various [hapless] audience members is pure interventalism... I believed her!