On the top floor of this charming New Town venue, the stage is set with an array of props to depict the minimal furnishings of Thomas Magill’s home in the Irish town of Inishfree. Misterman is a big performance made for a small theatre.
The one man show performed by Thomas Campbell has a strong production team behind it, proven by the finely tuned sound and lighting, and cleverly choreographed performance all round. Details including rain shower, wash basins and freshly cooked eggs are delivered live on set. The voices of other villagers are heard through a collection of composed tape recordings in addition to Campbell’s own impersonations. These all make for a great theatrical experience.
The set and aesthetics are very visual and require little imagination – however the audience preoccupies itself with following the character development of Thomas Magill, a seemingly humble, yet ostracised member of the community and his all consuming relationship with God. Magill seems inoffensive in his daily work for God in his sinful town of Inishfree. However, by following Magill for a day as he replays his footsteps and disappointment in community, condemning their blasphemy and gratitude, the audience are left trying to identify where the greatest evil lies. The performance came across as a little flat in the opening scene, but grew stronger and more compelling as the character and day unfolded.
This is a very well-delivered and clever production and the moments of violence and drama are truly captivating.
Words: Rachel May
Misterman, C Primo, Aug 4-28 (not 14), 3.45pm