Conquistador, El (4 stars)


This article is from 2006.

Polonio is an affable working class space kid left bereft of a living in rural Colombia by American defoliants and guerrilla violence, so he ups sticks and moves to the city to become a janitor and security man at a middle class apartment building. Here, via a video intercom, he’s variously pestered, scared and flattered by such characters as a scary drug dealer, a flirty maid and an agoraphobic scholar. It all amounts to a playful and sweetly endearing satire on class, a history of colonisation and media brainwashing, with the odd allusion to Shakespeare thrown in. Performer Thaddeus Phillips interacts with guile and some lovely timing with his multimedia set that projects various Colombian soapstars for him to rap with in a grin-making tale that both charms and spits venom with impressive dexterity. (Steve Cramer)

Traverse, 228 1404, until 13 Aug, times vary, £12.50 (£4.50-£9).

This article is from 2006.


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