ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Devotion (Enebro Teatro)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

Structured around three silent scenes, the rest of the play seems only exposition for these superbly staged sequences. Matador’s assistant Yelko opens the show by laying out the bullfighter’s uniform in an unspoken ritual; the silence enforces the devotion this man has to his task. The symbolism of is palpable; the cape is laid over the pile of dress as though it’s a funeral shroud. Next, two young bullfighters train. Stripped to the waist, the bodies stretch and circle an imagined bull whilst accompanied by a live performance of Albeniz’s ‘Asturias’. However, the final sequence, the matador being dressed in his clothes, was the highlight of the play. Slow and powerful, all the play’s tensions were conveyed in these remarkable scenes.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 5 – 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 7.20pm (8.15pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp255.
tw rating 4/5