When irresistible beauty is rejected in this biblically rooted story, the result is excessively ugly. Time Zone Theatre has pulled British and international creatives together to tackle this new production of Oscar Wilde’s play. We see the princess Salome fall in lust with the prophet Iokanaan, but when he spurns her, Salome uses her stepfather’s lust to bind him into securing the prophet’s head on a platter. Pamela Schermann’s direction reveals an ambitious yet minimalist vision: the few props are used to great effect and the actors’ performances are strong and gritty. Although Salome’s descent into madness feels too much like a sudden drop, and Hector’s authority seems ill-defined, this remains a provocative and enthralling production.
Zoo Southside, 4-26 Aug (even dates only), 2.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jessamine McHugh]