Writer & Director: Sofia Stavrakaki
Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts
Written and directed by Sofia Stavrakaki, Blindfold: The Night of the Hunt explores power and what it means to be different in a world that is seemingly out to get you, and is performed by THE.AM.A, a group of professional disabled actors from Greece.
An empty stage is set, two performers enter. On the back wall plays a black and white film of the circus. Eventually speaking to each other they elude to power, then things get physical. The visual struggle to be dominant is an incredibly powerful one and this is explored further with the addition of two secondary cast members at the shows half way point.
Through song lyrics and nursery rhymes Blindfold: The Night of the Hunt explores power through the lenses of love, childhood, gender and sexuality. Each bringing with it a new dynamic between the performers. The image of the wolf a recurring theme and one that cemented the idea of power as animalistic. With each performer taking it in turns to embody the powerful dominant force.
The lighting design creates an uneasy atmosphere that compliments the physical nature of the performance. With single primary colour block lights drenching the stage at various points throughout. From light to dark, screams to silence, the piece bombards the audience with overpowering visual and audio, as if taunting them.
Occasionally uncomfortable, often challenging, this is a show that packs a punch and one that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
Runs until 11 May 2017 at Sweet Venues Waterfront 1
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