A PICTURE OF ME
The Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin Dec 27-30, Jan 2-6 1pm & 3pm ¤8.50/¤6.50 01-6707788
A Picture of Me, a play for children and certainly their parents, was written by Louis Lovett, who is also the sole actor. He claims inspiration from the late, great French comedian Jacques Tati, known to the English-speaking world from the cinema ( remember Monsieur Hulot?), and has indeed infused that comic spirit into the character of P here. They share a kind of bumbling innocence in a world in which inanimate objects are given lives and roles; but P is different. He is a young man with an intellectual disability, whose parents are dead and whose fertile imagination and optimism fill his days with colour and fulfilment. His room is plastered with bright cut-outs, big and small, and he is never short of someone to chat to, from George Clooney to Baby Jesus. It is a measure of the author’s vision and acting skill that there is no patronising message in this portrayal of a man with a rich inner life. P is simply himself, and a pleasure to spend time with.