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SparkFest Reviews

A Clown Named Curly in Isolation NOW STREAMING

A Clown Named Curly in Isolation (performed and directed by Frank Hussey) is a five episode video series that feels like a pretty relatable reflection of life during lockdown. Each episode follows a day in the life of Curly the Clown and follows his adjusting to lockdown, from taking up painting to spring cleaning. Definitely the best part of it is Frank Hussey’s performance as Curly the Clown, which was just so fun to watch, especially with how animated Curly is - being so expressive and acting with big gestures, almost like you might see in a cartoon. I also just found myself really enjoying the sillier comedy of it, especially with it having an internal logic that reminded me of children's shows - especially with characters going to absurd lengths to solve a simple problem, such as having to dry out used tea bags on a washing line to re-use them or using your face as a paintbrush to you can hold up a canvas in your hands. It also feels strangely reflective of how lockdown felt for most people, and I think that’s why some of the comedy really hit because it was oddly relatable. I think if there was one thing I could be critical of, it would be that in some cases the background music didn’t mesh with the scene, with one scene that was meant to be somewhat tense having music that sounded more relaxing to me. But otherwise, I love this series, and wasn’t expecting to relate so much to the day-to-day experiences of a clown.
Sophie Talbot

Othello NOW STREAMING

Martin Denham’s adaptation of Othello takes the story in a modern setting, and primarily follows the point of view of Iago, focussing on the aspect of the story being about his revenge against Othello. I greatly enjoyed the performances of all the actors, especially with making the older dialogue sound natural despite the modern setting. A great example of this being the opening scenes with Iago and Roderigo, with both actors performing so naturally that it really helped me follow the story. I also like how Iago’s asides are performed and added into this film; the scenes interrupting the main story, giving them a surreal quality with the contrast in color heightened and having Iago addressing the audience so directly. While I do think how the play has been condensed down is very streamline and understand the focus is more on Iago, I would have liked to see more of Iago’s interactions with Othello. As I say, I am aware this adaptation is focussing more so on Iago’s point of view, I just feel having more scenes with Othello might have further shown his manipulation of her.

Sophie Talbot

Third Space STREAMING NOW

Third Space is a collection of dissertation works from Bath Spa's third year dance students. When lockdown hit the UK the majority of the dance third year were already well into rehearsals for their dissertation performances with students from all years of the course. Since then they have had to go back practically to square one and digitalise these performances for their final dissertations. This was a devastating event for many of these students; however, the work that they have produced during the crisis is absolutely phenomenal. Some students continued to work with contributions from fellow students while others moved into solo work, and each piece is incredibly unique and entertaining in its own right. These films are thought provoking, emotional, and full of so much soul, as well as being beautifully shot and edited. Some deal with topics such as sexism, ego, and identity, while others look at the various aspects of lockdown that have encroached on the students' lives. Each dancer's unique voice comes across so strongly in their work through a full use of their endless range of creative talents. I could not recommend Third Space enough; it is a truly incredible showcase of some of BSU's finest dance students.

Hermia: Heaven Unto Hell STREAMING NOW

Fresh Life Theatre’s take on the lovers’ quarrels of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dark and unsettling one, moving from light to shadows. The company’s stated aim is to show classical theatre in a new light, and director Charlie uses a contemporary setting to focus on the trials of Hermia in this 40-minute adaptation, rehearsed on Zoom and filmed under lockdown on phones. There’s more than a nod back, at least in the second half, to the visuals of the seminal Blair Witch Project in this companion piece to the same company’s Helena: Ugly As a Bear.

In the opening scene, cleverly filmed to suggest we see all the cast together in Theseus’s library or study, Tilly Dodwell’s duke has a quiet authority as she offers judgment on Hermia’s defiance of her father (Matthew Thomas) in her preference for George Goodman’s Lysander. Maddy Parker brings energy and passion to Demetrius as the lovers take to the forest, and the mood swiftly darkens. Hand-held camera shots, blurring and jarring of images brings an edgy sense of disquiet and we encounter a sinister, voyeuristic Puck (Aaron May). Myra Lee Bell’s Hermia, still under the camera’s microscope in the first scene, conveys a growing sense of fear and horror…

Given the technical constraints imposed on the production at short notice, there’s much to admire here, particularly in the direction and editing of the forest scenes. Shakespeare’s language is on the whole spoken clearly and well, while the sense of unease and jeopardy is all too contemporary. A Dream in the time of lockdown …

Gill Roberts

 
Keep In Touch NOW STREAMING

A Look Into Human Connectivity Ever wondered what the world would be like without touch? Sparkfest production ‘Keep In Touch’ looks into just that. Created by 7or8, ‘Keep In Touch’ tells the story of a dystopian Earth locked down permanently seemingly because of a virus. Establishments are closed; the world outside is empty and cold. The only means of connectivity are to be achieved across the internet. Calling your loved ones and seeing them over a screen has become the norm. We follow the day to day life of a man living in a minimalistic apartment, watching him go through the phases of his mundane, robotic days. The slow panned shots, the pale lighting, and the gloominess of the outside world set the mood perfectly - he is tired, alone, and closed in. The only time he smiles is when he talks to others. As he seems to get more and more tired of being alone, he is saved by the opportunity of human touch once more. The ending is unclear - was that new human touch real or something to keep him from spiraling out of control? In the end, ‘Keep In Touch’ shouts its message loud and clear: human connectivity and intimacy is crucial to our wellbeing. We naturally need to be close to others, and if we can’t be, we lose a part of ourselves; we are less human.
Sasha Semjonova

 
DanceScreenSpace 2 NOW STREAMING

The second series of Dance ScreenSpace brings us work from Bath Spa’s MA dance students who have been working tirelessly throughout the year with all sorts of experimentation only to have been forced to make their screen dance work from home. Despite the unfortunate change of environment these students have still produced some stunning pieces of work, each with its own unique style, from Flora Barbato’s visceral work Claustrophobia to Xenia’s beautiful yet saddening film Fish. Each student has put forward their own unique voice through the various elements they have utilised alongside their movement, as well as collaborating with artists and musicians in some cases. The editing of each film also shows a high level of creativity and adds to the choreography of each piece. These films also bring those of us who are UK residents to further consider the situations of students from outside of the UK who have been stuck in England without their friends or family close by over lockdown whilst dealing with the uncertainty that has ensued, as we see in Huijun Yan’s film at the start of the series. A similar feeling is echoed through several of the following films. These screen dances are an incredibly creative and inspiring set of work.
Erin Green

Ren and the 1000 Year Sleep NOW STREAMING

A visual wonder, Ren and the Thousand Year Sleep portrays a beautiful tale around man’s relationship with nature. Joshua Whisson and a talented team of creatives have brought together a touching story through the use of puppetry. The opening of the piece is brought to you in a way reminiscent of a classic Disney film and the following story and imagery does not disappoint. The tale follows a young reindeer, Ren, who after being frozen in time, is awoken into a very different world overcome by humans, pollution and destruction. After sawing down the last tree on earth through their rampage of devastation and over-development, the humans find themselves in the negative aftermath of indifference to the wellbeing of the Earth. Exploring the themes of the effect of human’s relationship with nature and animals, this immersive story presents a message of hope in our falling climate. Built from historical events, this project really leaves the audience thinking. The beautifully written, rhyming narrative, gorgeously engaging music and sound effects and creative editing take you on a true journey unlike anything I have experienced before. The characters are charmingly brought to life through an assortment of intricately designed and made puppets that move with real spirit. A unique look at the development of life and relationships with our environments from an unexpected outsider, Ren and the Thousand Year Sleep is a stunning watch with a moving message.
Becky Crowther
 
Down The Road NOW STREAMING

A deep reflective short film which has a meaningful and important message. The premise of showing how in just one street we can meet so many different individuals is both simple and intelligent. Simple because is an obvious reflection: each person is unique, no one feels, thinks or communicate in the same way. However, this simple reflection is one we tend to overlook. We assume everyone feels like us, deal with their problems like we do, we tend to generalize people. Down The Road in a subtle but firm way, reminds us how different and unique, for better and for worse, everyone really is. In a really intelligent way, points out how we need to be more open minded.
Both the “dialogues” and the performances feel really natural, allowing us to meet characters which are far from classic stereotypes. One can feel the sadness of the characters’ story even if it is not shown straight away. The film does not bombard you with it but allows that feeling of sadness to settle in slowly, this subtlety results in that once that sadness hits you, it feels tremendously real, human. Even the bits which seem to be more comedic, one can still feel the tragedy behind it. A remarkably interesting and complete project which the spectator can easily connect and empathize with.
Pablo Laguna
 
Continue Living NOW STREAMING

There are many takes to discussing the complexities of grief, but what I really like about Continue Living is how Billie Townson captured the overwhelming aspects of the grieving process. The way the poetry was performed was so interesting to me; the first half having the audio echo and overlapping music, really emphasizing how intense these thoughts and feelings are, and how inescapable they seem. I loved the visual metaphors, especially the scene where Townson is in a bathtub full of the murky water, which I felt reflected how all encompassing grief can feel. I did find myself missing more of this imagery in the latter half of the film, however I imagine this choice may have been to better emphasize the moment of clarity by the end. Regardless, I really liked this film and appreciate the message. In the opening of the piece, a puppet gives a run down of the five stages of grief. After reminding the viewer ‘your feelings are valid’, the puppet is promptly knocked away. I feel like the project is highlighting how advice like this, while perhaps coming from a good place, lacks the acknowledgement that grief can be much more complicated and messy than that. However, while primarily discussing a lot of the guilt and disbelief in grieving, Continue Living also has a sense of comfort to it. That these overwhelming feelings won’t be forever, and that life will carry on.
Sophie Talbot
 
Disorderly insubordinate NOW STREAMING

A ten minutes digital story which echoes Tsitsi Dangarembas’s novel Nervous Conditions. Due to my ignorance on the subject and on the authors’ work I was not sure what I was about to see. I came across to a really engaging story which flows effortlessly. Furthermore, the sequence of different landscapes and images displayed catch your eye quickly and the text is recited in a natural and peaceful way. All these factors made that I was soon immerse in the story and completely at its service. Disorderly insubordinate does this really well, it takes the spectator and transports him into its universe, it will not let you go and, personally, I was happy to let go and just listen carefully. When the fragment told reached its end, it leaves you wanting more. I started searching about how could I get hold of the author’s work, a search mainly driven by genuine curiosity and interest in hearing more of these stories. If a piece is able to provoke feelings like those, that speaks very highly of the content created. Disorderly insubordinate is a piece which immerse the audience in a truly revealing journey and considering the current social situation, it is a journey many of us have to take.
Pablo Laguna
 
theatreLab

Presented by ProducerWorks, the theatreLabs event delivered a unique opportunity for creatives to perform their current original works. Offering a space for writers and performers to portray their developing pieces and gain live feedback from audience members. Presented live through zoom and Lead by Kerry Irvine, the event was opened by Tom Hogan, Gherto Tanzarella and a talented cast as they brought to us a new take on a classic. Their first draft revision of Shakespeare’s Macbeth story, retold in the new light of the fast food industry, sophisticatedly merges an original version of this classic into a modern context. Witfully and comedically written, this story was engagingly told and skilfully performed. Secondly, Matthew Emeny, brought us a playful monologue with a meaningful message. This piece was filled with tension and performed brilliantly leaving you hanging off his every word, unsure of where it was going next. A nostalgic story of school embarrassment, this tale felt truly real, seamlessly transitioning between themes of comedy, self-consciousness and the tragic realities of school bulling. After each piece the platform was opened up to comments and feedback from the audience. The immersive presentation of the event created a comforting environment, to give and receive instant feedback on work-in-progress pieces from other creatives and audience members, and seemed very beneficial to the actors. An engaging, supportive contribution to Sparkfest, a clear insight into the talented creatives of the future and the development process of performances. A unique way of gathering evaluations on live works in lockdown, that I’m sure we will see more of in the future. I look forward to seeing both productions in their final completion!
Becky Crowther

Serena's Sex Sessions by Chloe Wallis NOW STREAMING

Serena’s Sex Sessions by Chloe Wallis is a short comedy about Serena Thorpe, a rather insensitive and over-confident sex therapist who has decided to throw patient confidentiality out the window and put her sessions online during lockdown. Confronted by several rather nervous and reluctant clients, some face to face while one makes an attempt at anonymity, Serena throws out some pretty ghastly and unhelpful advice without really considering the clients’ feelings, gesticulating wildly and causing her enormous blue earrings to swish about in a rather alarming fashion. Chloe Wallis has captured this classic self-absorbed comedy character from her wildly dramatic introduction to her vibrant outfit, whose lack of tact is both funny and cringe-worthy at the same time. Serena’s offering of free sessions at the beginning leaves us wondering by the end just how on earth she managed to get herself a paying client base in the first place, as she wields her bold advice like a blunt axe over the heads of these poor nervous clients. This witty comedy will definitely make you think twice about the advice you give other people.
Erin Green 

Ren and the 1000 Year Sleep NOW STREAMING

A visual wonder, Ren and the Thousand Year Sleep portrays a beautiful tale around man’s relationship with nature. Joshua Whisson and a talented team of creatives have brought together a touching story through the use of puppetry. The opening of the piece is brought to you in a way reminiscent of a classic Disney film and the following story and imagery does not disappoint. The tale follows a young reindeer, Ren, who after being frozen in time, is awoken into a very different world overcome by humans, pollution and destruction. After sawing down the last tree on earth through their rampage of devastation and over-development, the humans find themselves in the negative aftermath of indifference to the wellbeing of the Earth. Exploring the themes of the effect of human’s relationship with nature and animals, this immersive story presents a message of hope in our falling climate. Built from historical events, this project really leaves the audience thinking. The beautifully written, rhyming narrative, gorgeously engaging music and sound effects and creative editing take you on a true journey unlike anything I have experienced before. The characters are charmingly brought to life through an assortment of intricately designed and made puppets that move with real spirit. A unique look at the development of life and relationships with our environments from an unexpected outsider, Ren and the Thousand Year Sleep is a stunning watch with a moving message. 
Becky Crowther
 
Is anyone ‘hole’ NOW STREAMING

[Minor Spoilers]

Is anyone ‘hole’?, by Rosannah O’Connor, is not an easy watch. Its elusive symbolism and hauntingly eerie soundtrack make it an unsettling, but exquisitely confrontational watch, about, in my opinion, the struggles of alcoholism and the rebirth which the subject must go through in order to integrate back into society. Perfectly edited and beautifully shot, O’Connor’s photo performance piece is worthy of exceedingly high praise (not least from the wine industry for all those corks). My interpretation may be wayward, but given the iconography of the corks and the images indicative of consumption it does appear to me as a powerful tale of death through alcoholism followed by rebirth. The composition of shots could not be more accomplished. A particular highlight of O’Connor’s ability to viscerally evoke the pain of her subject is the moment where she claws her way up the stairs, falling and eventually contorting in a disturbing spasm; all the more heightened by the ingenuity of the quick cuts that give rhythm and movement to the images. The frustratingly glared final shot (although this is the only faulted shot throughout) of the cork-winged subject preparing for an Icarusesque flight demonstrates a moving message towards our ability to control and also instigate our downfalls in life. An overall wonderful piece of photo performance neatly and artistically coated in poignant messages regarding humanity’s propensity for self-destruction but, equally, our ability for rebirth.
Jacob Miller

[Warning: minor spoilers]

Just smash the plates! There is a moment in Tor Hudswell’s She when Damian Row helplessly calls out to a neighbour for support during his time of extreme isolation. Following the neighbours negligence, and Hudswell’s poignant message about a need for a supportive community ethos, Row gently rattles some crockery rather than authentically smashing it or choosing another conveyance of frustration. The marginally misfired moment perfectly captures the glimmers of potential the film showed at times, such as when he dances with a garment of his recently deceased partner to the brilliantly chosen song ‘Angel Baby’. Given longer to breath, this moving scene would have had enough emotional charge to obliterate the frustratingly clichéd choices that are occasionally scattered throughout She. Hudswell’s performance is in full flight at this point, but the failed distinction in the cinematography intended between the very authentic and well-constructed web-cam footage and the supernaturally embodied handheld filming fell flat of the scenes potential. Due to the single shot construction of the handheld scenes, the contrast between the two lacked an awful lot of clarity because there were not enough visual signposts to distinguish the two styles from one another. The interesting choice to embody Row’s lost love into the camera would have been as equally achieved had they used multiple angles for the scenes, particularly the dance moment, as it would have nicely evoked the all-consuming, ever present feel of his love, guilt and now fear of his partner. Underlying guilt, that when disconnected from society and human communication will vehemently resurface, is a well-developed theme for the film. It assists Hudswell in taking the narrative beyond the commonplace consideration of insanity through isolation, offering plausible and nicely hidden plot points that satisfyingly conclude, and crucially, reshape our understanding of Damian Row as a character.
Jacob Miller 

Museum of Memories PARTICIPATE HERE

A creative exploration project, Museum of Memories: A Research for Candle Monster is a unique take on research and live performance productions from AllouAqui Dance Theatre. Completely based online, this piece presents a variety of audio-visual material and requests the audience’s responses in the form of memories, feelings and ideas, to then be used as the basis of choreography for the work-in-progress production. Consisting of four pieces, a combination of visual clips, musical tracks and ambiences, this immersive project is sure to create feelings of nostalgia and reminiscence. The four research sections appeal to the audience to look into themselves, a uniquely engaging journey that took me back to many treasured memories. The interactive format invites the audience to become a part of the development of the piece in a unique way, as you are provided with a text box to submit your recalled thoughts, anonymously if you wish, to be involved in the final performance. A nostalgic focus with content that really made me smile and think back fondly. I’m intrigued to see where this research takes AllouAqui into the creation of the final Candle Monster performance. A wistfully immersive experience, be sure not to miss.
Becky Crowther

 
Framed  NOW STREAMING

‘Framed’ is an incredible body of monologues that carries the audience through the harrowing experiences of four different people at the hands of a charismatic, gentlemanly doctor. Three testify that he is guilty, one is still held within Andrew’s manipulative tight grip. Utilising the benefits of technological performance, the cast of Framed have created an all too realistic recount of the abuse that is enabled through the medical industry. The performances were at times, gut-wrenching and a familiar reminder of the current #MeToo movement, specifically the story that followed an immigrant woman who was assaulted in return for discounted appointments. Awkwardness was integral to this performance, the actors made you squirm from just the retelling of some of these destressing tales. Carried by the constant question, ‘is he guilty’, the cast took an experimental approach to a style of theatre that is very popular and it has really paid off. The monotony and pacing were perfect for the polarity of this play. Among all of the beautiful performances stands the writing, which was engaging and raw, taking the comforting images of the victims, yet their words oppose the solace of the actor’s bright eyes.

In addition, I must compliment Connor Chamberlain, Islay Rhys-Davis, and the whole cast for their innovative and intense manipulation of the ‘digital play’, with creative use of voice overs, cutscenes and instrumental accompaniment ‘Framed’ has really set the standard for SparkFest Digital.
Victoria Wheeler

Songs from the Stage… On My Sofa NOW STREAMING

As a lover of musical theatre, I was excited to experience this performance by Maisie Nicole. Maisie curated a complimentary range of both popular and lesser known pieces and I was engaged from the offset with the Les Misérables classic that is ‘On my Own’ and intrigued with the song from ‘& Juliet’ that I had not yet heard. The vocals were consistently strong with clear diction and a lovely tone of voice and impeccable lower notes with a perfectly refined vibrato. For a performance from the casual set up of a sofa, the quality of the sound and video was impressing and made for a smooth and enjoyable viewing. Maisie gave her recitals with a remarkable sense of emotion; I could feel the passion in each word that she sang however, more direct engagement with the camera would help bring the characters to life and allow for more connection with the audience. It also would have been beneficial for there to be a subtle difference in outfits to really bring the musical numbers to life. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the performance as a whole, the inclusion of an upbeat number would strengthen the variety. Overall, Maisie gave a spectacular presentation with a raw sense of emotion; you could feel her heart in every word.
Leah Neve

 
50 Useful Tools for the Home Workshop NOW STREAMING

Created through the collaboration of seven musicians and fifteen dancers, 50 Useful Tools for the Home Workshop is a creative audio-visual tour around fourteen different homes. Adapted from a module that usually involves the Museum of Bath at Work, this piece transforms homes into a museum of tools for making and creativity. The piece is made up of short clips of the dancers moving through their homes to a soundtrack created using a mixture of strange and interesting sounds as well as music and voice, making it surreal and atmospheric. We are taken on a tour of three floors and a garden, through exhibits with names such as Bath Time, Forget Yourselfand Anti-Gravity Piano Man. Each ‘exhibit’ is a different creative exploration through movement, setting, sound, objects and edits to create this excitingly bizarre work. There can be times when experimental work equates to a rather uninteresting watch, however 50 Useful Tools is nothing of the sort. Each section is unique and stimulating and will keep you inquisitive to explore this museum to the end because you have no idea what’s around the next corner. The edit is also fantastic considering the amount of audio and video clips that must have been generated by this project. This museum is definitely worth a visit.
Erin Green

Isolation NOW STREAMING

Anxiety and loneliness are problematic states, to say the least, people suffer daily. Without doubt, the recent state of isolation the world went through can result in these states becoming more harmful. I believe Isolation precisely depicts this situation and does so in a highly imaginative way. There is a real sense of detail in each shot, there has been a lot of planning and testing before choosing which one worked better. The decision of converting the film into black and white is a great choice, it fits perfectly with the depressive tone of the film and quickly informs the audience of what type of content they are about to see.

Furthermore, Isolation contains some really powerful and special images. In general, there is an abstract quality which predominates in the shots and images. This quality is a success as it forces the audience to create their own interpretations and story so they can give an explanation to what they are seeing. Nowadays, it is hard to see content which challenges the audience and forces them to do part of the work. The presence of this quality in Isolation is something 
PABLO LAGUNA
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Soalone NOW STREAMING

Soalone is a series of solos by six second year dance students from Bath Spa, each one based on a personal lived experience. Having taken their ideas to their individual lockdown locations these solos have been created in a wide variety of settings, from fields to forests, bedrooms to kitchens, and even a building site, exploring themes of memory, expectation, identity and chaos. Each dancer brings us into their world and shows us something different through their creative use of the resources available to them. Each work leaves you with a lasting image of its story, from Evie Frost covered in baking ingredients to Anna Malina in a silver dress and face mask wielding a power saw. With the change in creative decision-making due to lockdown these dancers have excelled themselves in creating rich and exciting dance works for the screen. The audio created and chosen for each work is perfectly fitted to each dancer’s narrative, adding depth to every one of the solos through a range of music and spoken word. Together these solos create a patchwork of lived experience from a diverse series of narratives, created and presented by these six talented young dance artists. 
Erin Green
 
Some New Music for the Home - LISTEN NOW

Some New Music for the Home is an online archive of the compositional activity of nine third-year music students from Bath Spa University. Although the project was expected to culminate in a series of performances at Burdall’s Yard, the musical works that are presented here are illustrative of a resilience and resourcefulness that each composer has utilised in response to a renegotiation with their creative practices. The result is a diverse collection of works which often intersect imaginatively with themes of isolation, confusion, identity, movement, and loss. TO READ FULL REVIEW OF ALL ARTISTS CLICK HERE
Aaron Moorehouse
 
Ben Hutcheson Sparks Some Lockdown Positivity in Acoustic Set  NOW STREAMING

Being one of the first to kick off this year’s digital Sparkfest from the comfort of his home, Ben Hutcheson delivered a sweet, folk-oriented acoustic set full of covers and originals. Bringing a taste of Passenger, The Lumineers and Snow Patrol, the set delivered plenty of happiness and good spirits to help through the day’s lockdown dregs. Ben’s ability to make well-known songs his own is undoubtedly one of the best things about his musical talent. Starting the set off with a soulful rendition of ‘I Took A Pill in Ibiza’, he really showed his own musical style. Later on, his soft and slow version of Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in The Dark’ showed a whole new different side to the iconic track. It was the singer’s original songs that stole the show. ‘Taking Time’ featured crooning vocals and a bright, feel-good guitar melody that spoke of hope in these difficult times. ‘I Don’t Want to Fall in Love’ was a nostalgic, bittersweet not-quite love story full of emotion. ‘Beautiful Day’ sung of passion, love and positivity. In a world full of sad songs, Ben shone light in when we needed it most. Check out Ben’s EP ‘Bloodline’ available on all platforms.
Sasha Semjonova

Banana & Shots - NOW STREAMING
Put together from shots of both a theatre and street performance, Banana & Shots takes us on a personal journey through movement, voice and objects that is both comical and reflective. This work has a wonderfully surreal quality with a touch of nostalgia, inviting the audience to observe the antics of a number of different characters within the self that overlap through de Santos’ excellent use of theatrical devices. Though this work was originally created for the stage and then adapted for a street performance, this short film encompasses the varying elements of both performances making it a somewhat richer experience despite its digitalisation due to COVID-19. The settings are in stark contrast to one another, therefore giving the audience a more diverse view of de Santos’ characters through different environments. De Santos is a vibrant presence on the screen with his bold use of voice and strong physicality bringing to life this intriguing exploration of the self. His use of physical comedy greatly offsets the more nuanced elements of the performance, allowing the audience to laugh whilst simultaneously being presented with a reflection of something much deeper. This is a highly amusing and thought-provoking performance.
Erin Green

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