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Drift (Shanghai Repertory Theater)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Dark, moody clouds drift across Oriental-style screens at the opening of this emotive piece following two dispossessed, fractured families in China and Singapore. As each individual struggles to find something or someone to hold onto in an unstable world, the play evokes questions of “What is ‘home’?” and “Where does your soul reside?” Unfortunately, the Western accents and bearings of the majority of the cast are jarring and prevent full immersion in the story; moreover, some of the narration is pompous and costuming, uninspired. However, Thomas Caron’s wide-eyed Du Wen De is beguiling and the vibrant video component complements the well-paced action. The play’s notion that wherever one is, one always feels that “life is elsewhere” will speak to any traveller.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 3 – 29 Aug (not 17), 1.00pm (2.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp257.
tw rating 4/5