Just because you stage an old play in modern day does not make it “controversially relevant” and just because you stick a pair of combat trousers on your actors doesn’t make it a harrowing satire on the situation in the Middle East. It really doesn’t help that the pretty young cast struggle with the old fashioned dialogue, blandly spouting out line after line. The performers playing the King and Queen Herod and Herodias are the exception, and are the only ones who seem to be actually acting. When we eventually get to the famous Dance of the Seven Veils it is more a walk with a distinctive swagger than a historically altering event. It’s not terrible, but it’s been done before, and better.
theSpace On The Mile, 6-18 Aug, 6.10pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]