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Stop and see the Travelling Man at Moot House

Lifestyle / Wed 9th Jul 2014 at 11:41am

moottravelTravelling Man’ and ‘On The Bridge’ Preview piece

By Harry Tennison

NEXT up for the verstalie Moot House Players is a double-bill of single act plays, playing from the 10th until the 12th of July. I have been lucky to have seen both shows in a sneak preview this week and I can confidently say that, for a critic who is very critically and fairly cynical over a large proportion of things, especially theatre, I enjoyed both!

Travelling Man is a translation by Michael Branwell from Veronika Pernthaner’s Austrain play. The play, also directed by Michael Branwell, follows the travels of Milan, and his love with Nadia, who kindly teaches him to read her favourite poems. Despite a solemn ending as they venture through the war-torn lands of Eastern Europe, the play possesses a sense of charm which can be hard to come by on the stage. John Childs is very good as Milan, putting a very personal touch to the role, allowing the audience to really empathise with the character as he recounts having to dig a grave for his mutilated partner, played by Carys Sullivan. The scene transitions are smooth, with Les Sullivan providing original compositions that are certainly easy on the ear.

After the interval I witnessed the delight which was On The Bridge. Once again translated by Michael Branwell, this play follows the troubles which occurred as a number of conflicting partners get stuck on a bridge which they only have a pass to get onto, lacking a pass to get off. The play features Moot House regulars Dan Powell, Kerry Rowland and Claire Quley who, as per usual, put in stellar performances. The chemistry between Powell and Quley was particularly interesting as the pair creating such a contrast between devoted love when in danger and a burning hatred when their lives were guaranteed safety. Debuts were put in from Adam Sabatti and Sebastien Ellson, who were both impressive, as well as a comic turn from Michael Branwell, as the teacher.

The Travelling Man and On The Bridge are really an excellent night out. These two plays are certainly two of the best pieces of amateur theatre I have seen so far and I would thoroughly recommend sampling some of Austria’s best plays being turned into two excellent pieces of theatre.

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