A GOTHIC FAIRTYALE WITH NO REAL HEART OF DARKNESS
NZ Fringe Festival 2013|
Ella and Will
Choreography by Anita Hutchins
Original musical score composed and performed by Mostyn Cole.
at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington
From 15 Feb 2013 to 19 Feb 2013
Reviewed by Ann Hunt, 18 Feb 2013
originally published in Dominion Post
This Gothic fairytale, inspired by occultist Aleister Crowley's novel Moonchild, has more problems than you can shake a stick at (or in this case a staff).
Written in 1917 and published in 1929, it doubtless seemed very dastardly then. But in 2013 it just appears naff. People wafting around in long black cloaks with candles remind one of 1950s girls' boarding school stories, where crypts abounded, but nobody really did anything evil. There is an awful surface occultness about the work, but no real heart of darkness.
The director, producer, choreographer/set designer, Anita Hutchins, and the Oncunscious Corps (yes, it is spelt that way) have created an overlong show (opening night ran at two minutes under two hours, almost an hour longer than the printed programme) which lacks pace, cohesion and clarity.
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