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Belfast Boy (Purple Penguin Productions)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

As the lights dim and then rise, and the applause rings out at the end of Declan Perring’s performance as Martin Hall, the spell cast over the audience does not lift. The feeling that hangs in the room is testament to Kat Woods incredible writing of this startling, emotionally charged solo show. Armed with just one chair, Perring is perfectly suited to this script. He is a master, changing pace, character and mood all in a split second, and as the horrific extent of Martin’s past comes to light this ability is called upon again and again. Although at times difficult to watch, Perring’s exactly timed moments of humour provide laughter which somehow combats the very real tears of a truly captivated audience.

Spotlites @ The Merchants Hall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Stephanie Gray]