The Half of It – Dublin Fringe Festival – Review

The Half of It – Dublin Fringe Festival – Review

Dates Sep 12 – 16 / 18 – 24 @ 19:30 – Tickets €15/ €13 conc.
Duration 50 mins – Other performance Sep 16 & 23 @ 14:30
Venue: Meeting Point @ archway entrance to Baggot Court Lower Baggot Street

Photo: R. Taylor Photography

There is always a sense of trepidation about theatre such as this. The fact that you’re not quite sure what you’re going to or how it will work. Instead of being told a specific location, we were simply told a meeting point, that of Baggot Court, Lower Baggot Street.  The theatre makers have gone to some lengths to keep the destination a mystery so I won’t give too much away. Suffice to say it is a seated production at a suitably dilapidated location. It is a short walk from the meeting point and the location does add considerably to the production.

The playwright and actor for this production is Karen Cogan. Karen is a RADA trained actress who has performed at the Old Vic and the Gielgud Theatre, among others. She is currently the Playwright-in-Residence for MOMMO theatre company, who are responsible for this production.

This is a one woman show, where Karen takes on the role of a recluse, shut into a small flat. It is a tale of a young woman who has not left her home in many years. She has become housebound and can only look at the outside world through her window. There is an impressive flow to the stream of consciousness text, which at times echoes Beckett’s monologues with a more contemporary feel. We hear elements of her life and her complicated relationship with her sister, who is the most important person in her world.

There is a subtle intimacy to the production, as you are forced into the world of a shut in, seeing the complexity of her solitary existence. Often the problem with a monologue is that your mind wanders, but due to the close proximity of actor, you never get the chance. You are in her world, a ghost seeing her most intimate moments. The style of delivery is such that you are only given pieces of the jigsaw and left to put it together yourself.  The play is a slow burning and complex vision of a woman’s inner life.

The Half Of It by Karen Cogan

Director – Cathal Cleary

Designer – Saileóg O’Halloran

MOMMO Theatre Company

Categories: Header, Theatre, Theatre Review

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.