In this highly physical one woman show, Portuguese actress Marta Carvalho plays a woman who has broken free of the entanglements of love, removing all traces of it – and of him – within herself, as she revels in reclaiming her own being. Fiercely feminist and graphic in its poetic detail, it is a monologue that at moments hovers between murder and vivid fantasy. Originally written in Portuguese by theatremaker Moncho Rodriguez, the work has been toured extensively by Marta Carvalho in Portugal, Spain and Brazil, and in this new English translation by writer Mark C. Hewitt, loses none of its visceral quality.
Original music from Narciso Fernandes with Clarisse Fernandes (voice).
The project has the support of Arts Council England
St. Leonards On Sea
Thursday 26th September 7.30pm
A Wave of Dreams, 48 Kings Road, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG
Tuesday 15 October 7.45pm
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk Lewes BN7 2LE
Wednesday 16th October 7.45pm
Bristol Improv Theatre, St Paul’s Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS81LP
Sunday 20th October (doors 6.30pm)
The Forum, The common, London Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8YU
Monday 4th November 7.45pm
Camden People’s Theatre, 58 – 60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY
REVIEW by Anna Arnone for Hastings Independent Press:
"(...) Labyrinth is full-on physical theatre in which Carvalho takes us on a woman’s rollercoaster journey through a myriad of emotions in the aftermath of a relationship. The essence of the former lover is a ghostly presence at times as she weaves through the continuing effects of his influence on her, death and her subsequent freedom from the cloying ties that bound her to him even after the affair had ended. It resonates on many levels, bringing to mind elements of domestic abuse such as control, coercion, and physical violence, but also the more prosaic webs of dependency that can slowly entwine during such relationships, even when the end is a healthier option than remaining in a damaging affair. Carvalho skilfully draws us into those ambiguities that confuse and stymie efforts to move on. Questions are left hanging in the air:who ended the affair, was he violent towards her, did she kill him? Indeed, is he really dead at all or is this a symbolic death of both man and relationship from which she must now escape? (...)"
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