A Dream Play

Originally written by August Strindberg, ‘A Dream Play’ seeks to ‘imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream’. It has a distinct European feel, which may seem unusual to some. This adaptation is presented as a site-specific production at the Nexus Art Cafe as part of GM Fringe.

This is a very ambitious production. It’s a fascinating concept, and the company make very effective use of the opportunities presented by the Nexus Art Cafe. Starting outside in the street, we progress down the stairs through the main area, and into the courtyard, then doubling back. Each scene operates as a stand alone, or sometimes interconnected, fragment. There is clever use of viewpoints; a lot of thought has gone into this production.

The adaptation is well written by Rachel Connor, with imaginative directing from Nuala Cavanagh. Given the location, scene choices are excellent, and there are some cracking characters well played by the talented cast. Musical interludes are beautifully constructed. If I had a criticism it would be that energy is lost in the procession between scenes; more could be done by each character outside their scene to maintain the sense of being within a dream.

But that’s not to take anything away from this production. This really is worth seeing. There aren’t enough plays at the GM Fringe this year that try to do something different. ‘A Dream Play’ does, and is strongly recommended.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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