Blind Man’s Song
Beautifully evocative movement show tends towards dance rather than physical theatre
This article is from 2015.
With a couple of hits in recent years – The Gambler and Little Soldiers – London-based physical theatre company Theatre Re are fast becoming a Fringe fixture, and a respected one at that. Their new, somewhat elusive show is a dream-like tapestry of striking stage images, based around a love story – maybe real, maybe imagined – between a blind man and a mysterious woman in green. It’s a superbly smooth, nuanced production, using imaginative, often athletic choreography from actor-dancers Guillaume Pigé and Selma Roth, with Alex Judd by turns joining in the action and creating live, looped music on keyboards and violin on the spot.
It’s a captivating, rewarding hour, but it tends far more towards dance than physical theatre: try to follow a plot too closely and it’s often unclear what’s happening, but approach it as ever-shifting emotions and imagination evoked by movement and it’s far more engaging. It’s an opaqueness reflected in the two actors’ rather unsettling fabric face masks, which seem to obscure rather than express. Go for the beautifully evocative choreography rather than storytelling.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 3.30pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).