More Light Please
In search of further illumination
This article is from 2010.
The emotional and economic reality of emigration is fertile ground for theatre, and More Light Please provides another addition to the canon with its story of young Natalia moving from Poland to Dublin in search of a better life.
The scene is set in the storeroom of a shoe shop where a young girl, be-wigged and feather boa-d requests ‘more light’ as she day-dreams of becoming an actor, before the reality of her new life is quickly realised, the sea of colourful shoeboxes around her belying the alienation she feels inside. Conversations with shop customers, and touching soliloquies reveal her broken relationships with men – from her ex-boyfriends to her father.
The drama here rises and falls with the passionate performance of the leading lady, and co-writer and performer Natalia Kostrzewa is excellent, the highs and lows of her situation recreated with touching gravitas and delivered convincingly and with passion. But with so much to say – and indeed having already been said – on the subject of emigration, this is ultimately not a particularly memorable piece of theatre.
New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 29 Aug (not 17, 24), 2.45pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).