A PIC­TURE OF ME

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - Gerry Col­gan

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.

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