Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Man of Valour

In 2011, if you see just one... oh, wait, that's how film reviews are written. Pardon my mistake. Man of Valour just isn't like any normal play - in some ways it's more cinematic than theatrical.

In this remarkable one-man show Paul Reid plays hero protagonist Farrell Blinks - an office worker and modern-day Walter Mitty - along with various secondary characters. Using an astounding combination of mime, accents, vocal effects and projection, Man of Valour tells Blinks' story as he faces both the tedium of his daily life and his response to greater challenges. The soundtrack and background sound effects also add to the experience.

Conclusion: funny, ingenious and very entertaining - this is an exceptional play. Go see it as soon as you can.

Man of Valour continues in the Samuel Beckett theatre on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th, and then from Thursday 15th to Saturday 24th at 8:30pm. There's also a matinee show at 3pm on Saturday 24th. Tickets cost €18/€16 on most days, or €20/€18 on Friday and Saturday. Duration: 90 minutes.

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