Brazil is a thoroughly entertaining one man show, that holds the audiences focus from start to finish.
This marvellous play by Ronan O’Donnell is set in Scotland some time in the near future where America is at war with Europe. Doddy (Angus Chisholm) strives for hope of a better place, amongst the depressing day to day life that he finds himself living in.
Chisholm’s performance (directed by Alex Crampton) is fantastic! He keeps the attention of everyone in the theatre, laughing at the characters working class wit, and keeping them in absolute silence for the more intense moments. Doddy does impressions throughout the piece of his Mum, Dad and friend, Cockroach. Chisholm does an incredible job of distinguishing these characters from Doddy, but also inhabiting them in a way that you still believe it’s coming from his character, rather than the actor himself. You often forget you’re watching a one man show.
The lighting remained simple throughout the piece, with a few little surprises. The set made of just of beer crates was used to great effect as sofa, TV and even a bush and Doddy’s layered, scruffy and muddy costume helped in transporting the audience to a council estate.
The prominent use of Scottish slang, meant that you sometimes missed things that Doddy said. However, it was a performance full of clarity so that you always understood what was implied, and could continue to follow the story.
This piece would do well anywhere due to it’s energy and humour, but I’d especially love to be in an audience anywhere is Scotland, because I’d imagine the laughter would be loud and constant for the whole hour!
BRAZIL will be part of the Solo Show Festival in New York
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