RE­VIEW: One-man show fills the stage at Na­tional Opera House

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A Story of Des­tiny, writ­ten and per­formed with un­stop­pable en­ergy by Robert Power, was staged at The Na­tional Opera House re­cently with a mati­nee per­for­mance for school­go­ers from Gorey, Adamstown and En­nis­cor­thy, as part of a na­tion­wide tour which has so far en­ter­tained au­di­ences in Water­ford, Kilkenny and Tip­per­ary.

The play, which is set in an in­sti­tu­tion, is a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller weaved with dark com­edy and had the sold out au­di­ence in com­plete si­lence through­out. Within a haunt­ing and at­mo­spheric cell, the oc­cu­pant plays with the senses of the au­di­ence as he re­calls the events in his life which cen­tre around the mur­der of a woman, and ul­ti­mately led to his in­car­cer­a­tion.

Power is an en­chant­ing sto­ry­teller who weaves the tale with un­ex­pected mo­ments, full of beauty and eeri­ness, as he pieces frag­ments to­gether in an at­tempt to jus­tify his ac­tions and put lan­guage on his loss, love, ha­tred and re­venge.

The chang­ing moods and per­son­al­i­ties of the char­ac­ter fill the stage, mak­ing it easy to for­get that this is a one-man show.

There is po­etry, Shake­speare, mu­sic and in­deed a tune for ev­ery tale, with a sound­scape that in­cludes Shostakovich, Mahler and Rach­mani­nov.

This is a play where noth­ing is what it seems. The cell and all its con­tents are a patch­work of or­der, chaos, art and il­lu­sion. Pos­si­bly a mir­ror of the oc­cu­pant’s brain. In the end we won­der where he is go­ing, what world is on the other side of the cell door.

We won­der so many things and ev­ery time we think we find an an­swer, there is an­other ques­tion.

Robert Power in A Story Of Des­tiny

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