A Swallow Theatre review of ‘The Nose’ performed by the Bruiser Theatre Company.
‘A great new show … fun, fast, visually exciting and very funny’ - was the prediction on the publicity flyers. Audiences at the Swallow Theatre this Easter weekend could certainly endorse that claim.
‘The Nose’, is based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol. This production, adapted by and starring Patrick J. O’Reilly with Mitchel Rose, was directed by Lisa May.
Bruiser Theatre Company has become well known to Swallow Theatre audiences over the past few years for their original, energetic and innovative productions.
The story could be described as absurd, surreal and implausible, but it nevertheless carries a serious satirical message. In the original story, Alexey a government bureaucrat wakes up one morning to discover that his nose is missing. The nose is found by a barber in his morning roll; he tries to get rid of it by throwing it into the river, but it acquires a disturbing life of its own.
O’Reilly’s adaptation moves the setting to the USA and transposes the character of the government official to that of the Mayor. The story is one being created by two reporters looking for a sensational story that will satisfy their boss.
In a production that required not only acting, but acrobatic, dance and singing skills, plus unerring timing, the two actors were a formidable, inexhaustible team.
Residents and visitors to the Machars are fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy theatre companies of this calibre at The Swallow. And there’s much more to look forward to in the coming season!