Writer: Liam Rudden
Reviewer: Mark McCulloch
Thief, isthe fictional tale of Sailor, a man who has entered the ‘oldest profession’, living a life of dark debauchery: drugs, alcohol, sex, self-harm and pain. We explore the journey of his life and how he came to be, in this one man, award winning drama inspired by the life and works of Jean Genet.
Sailor, portrayed by Matt Robertson, is a wonderfully eloquent, mesmerising character, addicted to control and power. He thrives on danger, living for each exhilarating moment. The risks he takes to stay alive are plentiful and no detail is spared. His life is laid out before us, his journey from being a sailor, a captive, to a pimp, to his imprisonment when he thinks of his mother, how he ended up this way tothe dangerous question, ‘what if?” The title draws its name from Sailor’sstolen childhood, his lost opportunities and his possible loss of sanity.
Robertson literally bares all in his portrayal of Sailor. He is utterly captivating, taking the superbly written piece and seizing every opportunity to bring it to life: the audience captivatedfrom the moment he enters the stage. The writing is clever in that in touches on issues facing the LGBT community, depression and addiction, subjects not often seen on stage.
Thiefis superbly writtenandperformed. An outstanding drama that will stay with you long after the performance ends.
Runs until 24thAugust