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This Is Not A Show About Hong Kong (Max Percy + Friends And Untapped Award Winner 2022) 

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

Four anonymised performers execute an intensely evocative sequence of vignettes, costumed all in monochrome, with few exceptions: a yellow umbrella, a suit splattered cold, wet blue. Words are few – because there are some things words cannot accurately convey, or adequately express? Or because words are dangerous? Perspective-distorting shadows, unsettling animation, and documentary footage haunt the projections. Max Percy’s direction has performers hurtling through gear-shifts with precision, ensuring this enormous topic fits into a production that’s sharply-formed and dripping in symbolism. It’s so layered, I fear missing something – from striking choreography to overlapping bi-lingual dialogue, the multitudes are overwhelming. Through song, dance, and high-risk games, repeated themes of erasure and silencing invoke an uncanny sense of horror at everything going un-said.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bizz Holmes]