Thursday, 21 November 2013

Review: Translunar Paradise - The Marlowe Studio

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Translunar Paradise by Theatre Ad Infinitum

Where: The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury
Written and Directed by: George Mann
How Much: £12
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

"Experience a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go."

I was lucky enough to have the chance to see this magical piece of theatre on Saturday, for a one off performance (besides the matinee) of "Translunar Paradise". I cannot lie to you, it was stunning. With only a trio of performers; a live accordion to accompany the two characters and not a single word of dialogue, this was a movement masterpiece! Using unique hand-held masks to portray the elderly characters and the ghost of Rose, the actors were challenged to create believable characters using only their body language and facial expressions, and by jove, they definitely did it!

I was touched by many of the moments shown of the couples' lives, (as I'm sure many of the audience members were) such as the first date, pregnancy and the very British, but very real routine of making tea for a loved one, who is suddenly no longer there. The use of comedy throughout was enough to make me chuckle and keep what is quite a sombre story, fairly light hearted. My particular favourite moment however was when William goes to war, the use of lighting, mime and sound (bashing of props to make the sounds of the guns) was incredibly effective, creating again a very believable moment. For those of you who are easily lead to tears, you may want to keep some tissues nearby, or perhaps someone with a hand to squeeze in the tender moments, but nevertheless an amazing piece of theatre, well worth the watch if you ever get the chance! 

If you've seen anything in the world of theatre recently that you think is worth a trip to see, let me know in the comments!

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