In the long, thin space of the Gate Theatre, director and performer Jude Christian softly narrates Falk Richter and Maja Zade's political text 'Trust'. Mic in hand, she tells the story of several people and their complex relationships, interspersed with quips regarding 'the tyranny capitalism'. The art installation/play is messily episodic, and quickly moves on to new scenes in seemingly different styles. Actors Pia Laborde Noguez and Zephryn Taitte perform the text almost as if in a cheap Italian drama, all outward physical expression and large gestures. Pia Laborde Noguez relaxes into this style relatively well, and brims with energy throughout. The piece discusses the wonderful and exhausting to-ing and fro-ing of the ever-changing mind, and questions whether any choices we make within our lives could ever change anything on a larger scale.
Points of enjoyment most definitely come from the witty audience interaction. We learn Mandarin and eat mints and the actors relax, and it feels on the edge of an immersive experience. Much like the tips of my freezing fingertips in snowy Notting Hill, I gradually warm to the experimental style of the piece. With dialogue on mania and depression, the piece follows suit and descends into madness, just a little too slowly. The style heightens and the set itself becomes busy and bustling with life, with endless backdrops and rice crispies. Sadly, the long winded monologues trample over the humorous, fast paced moments. For the duration I'm unsure if I'm simply missing something, or if the direction is just odd and repetitive. Call me a millennial, but frankly I was bored. - @_FayeButler