Vesper Time

Stacy Makishi whips up the Contact audience for the fifth time, extolling us to let ourselves go.  It’s a sermon, she is the preacher.  Everyone stands, some dance, most sing:

‘So remember when we were driving driving in your car … I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.’

I’d been wanting to see Stacy after being impressed by the structure and content of CYC’s Under the Covers, which she helped create.  Her latest production Vesper Time is a story about love and loss, the decisions we make, and making the most of your life.  It feels like a sermon, with skilled use of emotional range to get her message across.  Using footage from Moby Dick and Ghost (is that really what I watched first time round?), songs from Tracy Chapman and other references to pop culture, and three sheets hung on hooks as props and film screen, she tells a story of parental absence and things that should have been said.  On the face of it, this show is absurd, but underneath there are very clever ideas, with a well thought out structure.

Stacy greets the audience as you enter, chatting informally.  She draws a couple of people out to audition to be her father.  She develops a very close relationship with everyone, and above all in this production you feel connected to what she is saying, a part of the event.  Like the best, this feels like her life history, her one story, and you want her to triumph in the end.  I mean you really care what happens in the end.

Moby Dick is about revenge, but this show is about forgiveness.  You come out smiling; feeling better about yourself, and better about the world.  And you’re still smiling the next morning.  Wonderful stuff.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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