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MUM, ME & THE I.E.D – THEATRICAL BRAVERY EXPOSES THE DAMAGED WARRIOR

 

Audacious choices.  Hone the text to the experiential, removing unnecessary mystery or ancillary story.   Cast it well, gather a stellar creative team. Unvarnish the space, starken the setting, eliminate theatrics.  Finally, hand it over to an audience.  Once the choice is made to never overwhelm the watcher, the subject matter requires gentle expression.

For here is an evident simplicity, a meagreness of story and an intellectually rigorous depth of research to create work that whispers to an audience without clamour, of sadness and hurt and the complexity of failure.  I loved the stripped and spare nature of MUM, ME & THE I.E.D  I loved the lightness of touch in the funny, human moments.  I thought the performances were needle sharp, bayonet sharp. Continue reading MUM, ME & THE I.E.D – THEATRICAL BRAVERY EXPOSES THE DAMAGED WARRIOR

Brother Daniel

The cast of BROTHER DANIEL. Pic Mark Banks
The cast of BROTHER DANIEL. Pic Mark Banks

Brother Daniel is captured looking away from us with a slight smile at some unseen event.  His face is young, handsome, charismatic and his yellow scarf of freedom stands out against his khakis. The poster for BROTHER DANIEL introduces the man with whom we will spend the next two hours.  But this is not the man we meet.

When this new work opens, the titular character is a broken thing.  The iconographic photo of him as a revolutionary leader is there onstage, above the bible.  It is at the bedside in the small hotel when a visitor is shown to her room but the real man is collapsed on the floor of the stark, bloody cell.  He has been there since the audience began filtering into the small space. Continue reading Brother Daniel