Beowulf: The Blockbuster! – Dublin Fringe Festival – Review

Beowulf The Blockbuster

This is the story of three generations of a family, one still inside the womb! The majority of the play is seen through the eyes of a young boy, growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He sees the world as an adventure, and escapes reality into movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. His mother has died, and when his father gets ill, he fears he is losing his only real ally. Movies are the only way he can make sense of a world that seems to have turned against him. The name of the play comes from the story the young boy’s father tells him before bed time, A story that is a parable on how he wants his son to live his life, after he is gone.

This is a one man show, and Bryan Burroughs performs a variety of characters throughout. Burrough’s athletic and demanding performance captures the imagination and draws you into the world of this young boy. It is very funny at times, as well as sad, with the majority of the humor coming from the young boys perception of the world around him. Beowulf: The Blockbuster! is a touching and poignant tale of death and how life should be lived.

From a brief discussion with some of those working on the project, they hope to bring it back after the Fringe, and I’d imagine it will be a play that will run and run, as these one man shows often do.

Written and Performed by: Bryan Burroughs

Director: David Horan

Lighting Design: Colm Maher

Dramaturg: Gavin Kostick

Beowulf: The Blockbuster is at Bewley]s Theatre, with a final performance on Sept 20th at 1pm.

Categories: Festivals, Theatre

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