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Omega (blackSKYwhite)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

This is slow, dull, gothic circus: a series of actors in masks gesturing in vaguely obscene ways. It feels radically incomplete – the epic music is there, the set suggests the spectacular, but the actual acts are neither shocking nor erotic nor fun. A bared bum is supposed to constitute a scene. The blaring, Danny Elfman style soundtrack thankfully drowns out the melodramatic lip-synced speech and the instruments (cello, saw) are also mimed. One act, the “spiders of creation”, are better, making a full-body cat’s cradle. But circus suggests talent, spectacle, mischief, sleight, fun; and ‘Omega’ has none of these. It’s more zoo than circus – like zoos, not much happens, the performers are incomprehensible, and no-one feels in danger.

The Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug, 2.35pm.
tw rating 2/5 │ [Gavin Leech]