REVIEW: BLIND MAN’S SONG (PLEASANCE THEATRE)
One of the most beautiful things about theatre is its ability to communicate in such a range of different ways. Blind Man’s Song is a stunning example of one of these many ways.
The show begins with a blind musician (Alex Judd), who uses only a violin; a piano and a loop pedal to conjure up a man (who we assume is representing himself as they are dressed almost identically) and a woman both with covered faces. His passion and presence on stage allows the story to appear as if he was not only creating the music but the entire piece itself. Thus the two dancers (played by Guillaume Pigé and Selman Roth) with a minimal of set of just a bed and the blind man’s piano, begin to journey through the story using only movement.
The relationship between the musician and the dancers was gorgeous, making the show feel like one continuous outburst of expression. Although sometimes it was hard to follow exactly what was going on, I felt as if I followed the story in a more personal way. What I picked up on and understood was different to what others would have and therefore I took from the show what I wanted. However, the simultaneous laughter at various points in the show proved to me that, while the audience may be on different journeys with the piece, the show was specific enough that it still achieved a story. The themes of love, hope and loss were undeniable and that was thanks to all three performers.
Blind Man’s Song is an extremely innovative piece of theatre. It is being performed across the world, which is no surprise, as without any text it uses a universal language and speaks to each person individually. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the lack of words make sure of that, but if you want to see a unique show with beautiful music that will really make you think, I recommend it highly.
Reviewed by Kara Alberts
Blind Man’s Song plays at The Pleasance Theatre until 15 May 2016