Telling the tale of stoop shouldered beach comber Ennis, ‘Plastic Beach’ is a gentle, thoughtful production that slowly pulls you in. The young ensemble cast work wonders with a simple collection of scavenged props, conjuring Ennis’ world from bits of string, office chairs and inch perfect choreography. The slightly obsessive Ennis is given a warmth and depth of character too easily missed in productions about madness, making his collapse into full blown obsession all the more jarring and the unexpected ending ring that much more true. The informal, improvised feeling cast chatter seems out of place and slightly extraneous, but this is the only wrong note in an otherwise visually beautiful and emotionally satisfying performance.
Zoo Southside, 3-27 (not 13, 21), 11.30am.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Bell]