Writer: Ailís Ní Riaín
Composer: Ailís Ní Riaín
Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy
I Used to Feel is a painfully intimate music-theatre performance about the breakdown of communication and the challenges of mental torment.
The performance, set in the luxurious surrounds of The Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Dock, challenges its audience to find their own meaning in the short 25-minute piece. Isolated in her hotel room Mrs. O’ Reilly (Alvean Jones) hasn’t set foot outside of her room in days, according to the hotel staff. Once the audience enters, we see evidence of a fragile mind, nestled among the detritus of the oppressively warm and fuggy hotel room.
Jones along with musician Kate Romano, who plays the clarinet, perform an intimate exchange of wills. Romano’s musical proficiency and elegant appearance jar with the low-key chaos that subsumes Jones and the space. This site-responsive piece of performance can be compared to ‘slow tv’. It is equally soothing and enthralling.
Both performers deliver consistent performances in a challenging space. The staging of the room adds to the authentic feel of the piece and creates an interesting discomfort among audience members.
A rare, and stylised, glimpse into the private world of one individual.
Runs until 23 September 2018 | Image: Contributed