Friday, June 17, 2011
22 Short Plays Review
MKA is a Theatre of New Writing and is making a splash on the local theatre scene, with pop-up theatre appearing in unusual spaces and dynamic work being written and performed they are to be commended for both their vision and tenacity. 22 Short Plays by David Finnigan is the second in the current season of works being performed. Running just over an hour it was a tightly packed selection of sometimes surreal humour, drama and music.
In such an eclectic piece the performances are integral to maintaining the energy of all the separate little works. It is testament to the abilities of Conor Gallacher; Paul Blenheim and Ellen Grimshaw that they were so easily able to not only capture their characters but transform between them. The direction of Tobias Manderson-Galvin no doubt contributed to this with lovely transitions between the scenes and a smooth flow through the works without a horribly disjointed effect. The choreography too of the movement throughout the work was great, especially in Sitcom x 3 and Beowulf Video Game.