ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Saint | Fibin Teo
Star Rating: 4/5
Venue: Project Arts Centre
Review by: Sarah Allen
ABSOLUT(ely): Entertaining and light-hearted
In a nutshell: An engaging visual interpretation of Ireland’s financial crisis
Best for: Anyone who can see the humour in the crash
Not for: Possibly anyone lacking cúpla focal to follow the short pieces of dialogue
We're all a bunch of greedy pigs according to theatre company Fíbín whose innovative four man show Saint will engage some and baffle others. Although predominantly in Irish you don't have to be a gaelgoir to follow the plot which is essentially a slapstick take on Ireland's financially flustered situation.
Incorporating a charming homemade visual style with a naively rendered set, this colourful romp is given further vibrancy care of the Punch and Judy-esque shenanigans of the three actors who keep the audience engaged with unflagging energetic acting. A lively musical accompaniment punctuates the content and adds much to the production's delivery.
Bar one or two moments that seemed to overstay their welcome, the play moves along at a solid pace ushering us through several scenes which lay bare our pre-meltdown follies. This insightful allegory strikes a chord but seems to ask - will the sound linger? Our peasant protagonist proves that greed and vanity are difficult vices to shake and we are left with no impression that she has learned from her whirlwind experience. In Saint satiric wit is employed to revisit a now familiar subject matter, however the production comes as a welcomed whimsical relief from gloomy talk of bonds, banks and bailouts.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Thursday 20th September 2012 | Theatre
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