Thursday, August 25, 2011

'Ashes to Ashes' in The Complex

New theatre company Fast Intent have a play on in the Complex in Smithfield. Ashes to Ashes is a Harold Pinter play and is Fast Intent's first production.

The play is something of a psychological mystery or drama; I will say nothing about the plot, as trying to figure out what's going on is very much part of the experience. Although there are moments of humour, this isn't light entertainment - it's very intense, powerful material. I spent quite a bit of time after the performance chatting to the other DublinCulture regular contributors about the play, discussing what it might be about. (In that respect it reminded me of a Beckett play.)

Fast Intent can be pleased with their debut production. The physicality of the acting is very strong. (Were those real tears at one point? We think so.) The language at times sounds a little odd and unnatural, but perhaps that's to be expected in a play that wallows in its strangeness.

Confusing, thought-provoking, and highly engaging.

The play is on from 23rd to 27th August, starting at 8 pm each evening and running for 45 minutes. Tickets cost from €10 to €14 and can be bought at the door or by calling 086 8333435. Over 16's only. The production is performed by permission of Samuel French Ltd.

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