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Borders by Henry Naylor: An Intensely Compelling Look From Two Sides Of War – Adelaide Fringe Review
Bakehouse Theatre – The Studio, Wed 15 Mar.
Anteworld has been written by local Mark Tripodi and is where No Exit meets Greek mythology. It stars three characters and though it is in the modern idiom, it is full of references to the classics. It takes a modern audience, as well as Eurydice, some time into the play to realise that the setting is in fact the time after her death – she is in limbo.
Persephone (Seph at the start, not to give it away too quickly) is the mistress of this space and like all Greek gods, everything she says comes with barbs and nothing should be taken at face value. The three characters play true to their parts. I would have liked a few more of the ironies to be illustrated with a little levity – even such that one might choke and squirm on one’s laughter. Some black humour to allow the tragedy a different light?
The play is bookended by essentially the same piece with Persephone and Pyramus, an endless cycle of remembering/forgetting and the difficult ongoing choice (in his case to forget). There is some layered use of parallelism also – between all of the characters stories.
Anteworld is a serious piece of theatre. A bright young bunch of talent tackling serious themes – bring it on!
Anteworld continues at Bakehouse Theatre – The Studio from 6pm until Sat 18 Mar.
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