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Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy – Blood Red Moon (Jethro Compton Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Jethro Compton Blood Red

The first of Jethro Compton’s new trilogy starts with atmospheric, moody lighting and terse dialogue, fraught with tension. After an initial exchange in a chapel – the wooden room in which we sit – there is a slight jolt as the action regresses to a flashback, and we are to take the wooden walls for the wide-open plains of the West. Such feats of imagination are far from rare in theatre, but feel slightly at odds with the ethos of this otherwise immersive, site-specific production. This mild dissonance soon passes, though, as the tale of two brothers and the woman who comes between them unfolds, shot through with classic Western tropes, building to a gripping, satisfying climax.

C nova, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]