A modern, Canadian revenge tragedy poem… all words that can describe Bombay Black by Anosh Irani. And generally not words that go together. But in this case, they do.
The production at Factory Theatre, directed by Peter Hinton and starring Kawa Ada as Apsara, Howard J.Davis as Kamal and Anusree Roy as Padma was brilliant. The production easily fit with the theme of naked theatre, as it needed no fancy sets or costumes. It was all about the words and the emotions expressed in motion. Kawa Ada, who was also the choreographer, was fluid, sinuous and erotic in his motions. The choice of a man to play the girl was unusual, but it certainly worked in this production. Davis played the blind man so well it is hard to remember he is not blind. And Anusree Roy was the mother obsessed by the need for revenge, so intense that you expected her to burst into flames. Hinton’s direction moved the actors around the stage in an intricate dance, supporting the lyrical words beautifully.
This is theatre at its best -gripping the audience from the first moment and not letting go until the final curtain.