A Moth Ate Words at Pentameters Theatre
By Simon__Lee | Monday, March 12, 2012, 14:32
Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead is renowned for putting on original and slightly unconventional theatre, and the latest show to be put on at the venue, A Moth Ate Words, doesn't break this habit in the slightest.
The show is reminiscent of local theatre group Butterfly Wheels, who have put on several shows at Pentameters, and although the Butterfly Wheels name doesn't feature on the credits, it's clear that they have given a more than substantial helping hand in proceedings.
A Moth Ate Words is a multi-disciplined performance, featuring a live band, dance (both conventional and verging on the dreaded interpretive), spoken word and art. Such collaborations can often end is disaster, and although A Moth Ate Words works as a show, the jump between disciplines is often jarring.
Our story (to the extent that there is one) is lead by 'The Riddler', played brilliantly by Luke Stevenson, one of three speaking parts in the show. Although the part is excellently performed, The Riddler himself casts very little light upon what is a very vague, if at all existent plot. The show really is open to interpretation, something that will appeal to some, but for most will be a source of annoyance. The best that can be ascertained from the show's set pieces is an attempt at commentary on humanity and commercialism, a well-trodden subject indeed…
But ignoring the lack of story, and the rambling script (which doesn't feel all too original, with many recognisable lines from other works), the main purpose of the show really is as a conduit for the art and music. Visually, A Moth Ate Words is excellent, with some lovely visual trickery and brilliant art design, whilst the music is thoroughly enjoyable, although unnecessarily aggressive at times. If you're into the likes of The Doors, or The Beatles Sgt. Pepper era, the music will appeal greatly, though, like much of the show, needs a little polishing around the edges.
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