Onysos the Wild (3 stars)

  • List.co.uk
  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

An old tramp in a New York subway station awakes and offers us some lager, then slowly draws us into a story of ancients pasts, primal desires and violence. As he tells his story he becomes more vital, stronger and alternately attractive and repellent. This translation of a French piece by Laurent Gaude boasts a rich, dark and compelling poetic language with fearful imagery of sex and violence. Chris Porter’s performance as the ghost of Dionysus energetic and compelling, though the piece loses a little with an end stage arrangement that puts us a little further from the performer than we need to be. (Steve Cramer)

Traverse, 228 1440, until 27 Aug, times vary, £12.50 (£4.50-£9).

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