As the audience enters the Space Theatre, those already seated are shown a small sculpture of a happy and bright scene, with humans, birds and fish living in harmony. This scene is expanded onto the stage, with the three main performers creating a joyous idyll as the bride and groom exchange tokens of their love.
With a sudden change of mood, the happy couple are torn apart as the groom is dragged into war and the bride is left alone. We witness their experiences and struggles through a series of short scenes, each depicting the impact that war can have on the innocent and the overwhelming sadness that it can create.
The show is performed in a range of physical theatre styles, with the story and emotion impressively conveyed through movement, symbolism, sparse props and haunting music. Some of the most poignant scenes are those in which each of the lovers engage in a dream sequence; remembering what once was and imagining what might have been.
In the final moments, the faces of the performers are freed from behind the masks of the characters they have been portraying and, in turn, the humanity of the situation is revealed. The closing sequence reminds us that, although what we have been watching was a dramatisation, there are true stories behind it and the innocence lost to war is real.
This is a beautiful and powerful exploration of love, destruction, pain and healing.
Kryztoff Rating 4K
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