Djupid (The Deep) TweetShareSharePin0 SharesAssembly @ Assembly Hall6-31 August, 17.25 Transfixing in its ring of truth and through the stellar performance of solo actor Liam Brennan, Djupid (The Deep) is breathtaking, life-affirming theatre. This tale of a tough but shy fisherman’s encounter with death aboard a 300-ton trawler is filled with raw emotional experience, yet shot through with down-to-earth gallows humour. Translated from Jon Atli Jonasson’s Icelandic original, this version is in a broad Scots dialect (to which the ear soon adjusts), plunging the audience into the fisherman’s world. Effortlessly flitting between the trivial and the profound, the lyrical prose – “300 tons of battered steel slinks, curtseys, into the water”; “a galaxy of light on the shore; my village, my world” – vividly evokes a contrastingly austere environment. Seeing past the gruff, no-nonsense interactions and expressions, the audience is privy to the simple, tender dreams of this “big an’ broa’” man. Brennan’s portrayal has huge matter-of-fact charm, and character is sustained flawlessly as we hear this compellingly convincing, never mawkish, often humorous, progress of a man’s thoughts as he faces a probable icy death. TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.