|Footprints on Water | Actors Not Feelers|
|Written by Jodi McAlister|
|Monday, 17 September 2012 23:38|
Footprints on Water is a claustrophobic play. Set in a small town that people seem cursed to live in and cursed to never leave, it is a dark, ominous, and sometimes blackly funny look at religion, hysteria, hypocrisy, cruelty, identity, racism, beginnings, ends, and the apocalypse. Matt Cameron's script is clever, pointed, often poetic, and regularly tangibly disturbing.
There were elements I liked less - the sacred virgin/sacred prostitute character that was Edie, for example, who was determined to experience the darker side of life and desire but rather had experiences happen to her than experience things herself - but on the whole, this is a brilliant script. It has a real Gothic sense of claustrophobia, of being trapped, and when the floods rise to wash the town away, I was glad: at last, maybe, these people could be free. The show was very ably performed by the cast of six. They started a little nervously - perhaps a case of opening night jitters - and ploughed so quickly through the opening scenes that it almost got away from them, but once they settled down, they did a fine job. Particular commendations go to Halgren's Gunther, who was genuinely chilling.
The only other comment I would make is about the lighting. It was regularly used to signify scene changes, and I think it was overused - a lot of them could be done simply with movement. A lot of the scenes were short and the lighting changes tended to break the flow of the piece. Otherwise, Footprints on Water is a great show: haunting, dark, and moving. Make sure you get along to this one.
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