Deadly – Circus with Bite.

October 26, 2010 at 2:13 am | Posted in Show Review | Leave a comment
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The other night, I went to see Downstage and Awkward’s joint production of Deadly. Deb Pope revives a work she created and performed 10 years ago.

There isn’t much physical theatre in Wellington, and Deb is clearly building on the momentum/interest created by Adagio. This is a piece for a more mature audience – there is no swearing, but some of the violent interplay between the two performers was a bit disturbing.

Deadly, is short for the Seven Deadly Sins. The performers take us through them, interacting with each other, a swinging trapeze, a static trapeze, and a circus pole.

I liked greed the most: Virginia Molina swings backwards and forwards hanging by the backs of her knees, through a hail of gold leaf; while Rodrigo Osis tries to gather up as much as he can.

The stage is bare; Deb uses light and shadows to frame the various sins.

Not knowling all of the sins, I got lost at times and just admired Osis and Molina’s circus skills. Perhaps, the next production could have a prolog – to introduce the sins in order.

Worth going to see.

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