Flux | The Factory, Barrow Street
Star Rating: 3/5
25 April 2012 Flux - The Factory, Barrow St.
REVIEW BY: David O'Shaughnessy
Making excellent use of the space that is The Factory on Grand Canal Dock's Barrow St., Aoife Nic's one-woman play Flux is a mesmerizing and disturbing piece. Taking the roles of three separate women, the plot revolves around the roles the women play in trying to break into the music industry, with allusions to ancient Greek gods and tragedy along the way.
Aoife herself is enthralling to watch, bouncing between characters with such ease and speed that it's almost unnerving, her decisive movements and voice for each of character so clearly defined. The plot itself isn't revolutionary, and the idea behind the production could easily betray the show, but the execution is so well timed and informed that these flaws are easily forgiven.
The space lends itself to the piece perfectly, with the long corridor to and from the performance chamber adding to the haunting mystery of the production. The staging, lighting and prop materials are all highly considered and prove that this is clearly a labour of love for all involved.
While the plot makes use of the music industry to move it along, the actual use of music in the show feels unnecessary and slightly indulgent, again though this can be forgiven because of the performers commitment to the work. Slowly building to moments of depravity and tragedy that are quite graphic in description at times, Flux is a creeping and unnerving piece of theatre that while not wholly original in components, makes for a bewitching nights theatre, and Aoife Nic sets herself firmly as one to watch out for in the future.
Flux runs in The Factory, Barrow St., April 24th to 26th. Tickets €10 are available from the box office on 01 430 6964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Wednesday 25th April 2012 | Theatre
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