Reviewer: David Doyle
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing society today and it’s therefore not surprising to see companies tackling the issue on stage. What’s unique about Company Here And Now’s Perhaps Hope is that it does so through the medium of circus. With beautiful and lyric acrobatics on show,the piece is a challenging one but one with a message that gets somewhat lost along the way in what turns out to be a rather muddled production.
The show plays a lot on balance, making an astute point about the imbalance of our relationship with the environment. However, the piece itself is rather unbalanced. Told almost exclusively through physical action with only a small amount of voiceover, the message that the show is trying to portray is often lost. The themes of climate change sink into the background at times, seemingly overshadowed by the physical exploits of the cast.
Both performers display exceptional skill throughout. Accompanied by a thoughtful and evocative sound design, there’s much to admire in the production. However, it’s not enough to captivate for the full hour. The physical skill isn’t jaw-dropping enough to make up for the lack of thematic interrogation or plot in the piece.
The show has good intentions and with further refinement and a more in-depth exploration of the subject matter at hand, could be an interesting look at a problem facing society in an innovative way. At the moment though while all the elements of a great show are on display they haven’t quite synced up yet.
Runs until 22August 2016