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Parallel Lines

Posted by David Williams on October 25, 2015 at 5:25 AM

Last night I went to the Theatre for the first time for a long time. Well over a year and a half. That is a long time for someone who purports to support and work albeit voluntarily in the arts. I was turned away from Chapter Arts, Canton on Friday because the performance was Sold Out so I bought a ticket for last night and was glad that I did. #Crackling, #Sparkling, #Tension was how I described it on Twitter with those hashtags. I was more taken with the style and visuality of this work than the actual dialogue. The parts where the sound and lighting and the still images of the performers led seamlessly on took the attention. This work was wonderfully choreographed and I use that word rather than directed because here was 'fluidity'. The work was like a river. It was unsettling and riveting. A slow start gave you a false sense of security. After the first ten minutes, you were on the edge of your seat which I thought was a clever ruse because often performances start with a bang and peter out but this was a slow, excellent burn. Here was humanity with all its faults and with all its Welsh accents. Pathos is a word often used and I'm not sure what it means but the relationship between Steph and her Mum was full of what I think pathos means. Parallel Lines was slick and substantial at the same time. A deceptively simple scenario gets complicated before becoming simple and sad once again. Good People of Pontardawe, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon, Penygraig, Llanelli and Newtown you are probably not reading this, but just in case you are. "Please go and see this Play"      http://www.dirtyprotesttheatre.co.uk/

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