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Don’t Shoot the Albatross (GOYA Theatre Company)

By | Published on Monday 29 August 2022

Writer/performer/composer Sam Woof explains at the end of their performance that ‘Don’t Shoot The Albatross’ is at the beginning of its development journey. There’s potential in this monologue portrait of a character using sex, music, and substances to quieten turbulent thoughts. The metamorphosis trope, and mingling of older literary allusions with young, queer, modern concerns recalls the work of Kae Tempest, and other recent plays (‘Bullish’, ‘Before I Was a Bear’, ‘SAP’) and takes inspiration from (and queering) mythology and canon. In this case, poetic elements may be more impactful if better woven into the piece’s conversational tone, or further distinguished from the main narrative voice, by leaning further and more confidently into use of music and movement.

Zoo Playground, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bizz Holmes]