Iceland

Written by Nicholas Billon and directed by Ravi Jain, the founding director of Why Not Theatre, this production was a fund raiser for The Theatre Centre.

The play is structured as three monologues that intersect in unexpected ways. Kassandra, played by Christine Horne, is a prostitute who finds the john dead but has no idea what happened. The john, Halim,  played by Kawa Ada expounds on his theory of life and how to take advantage of everything that comes by. And Anna, played by Clair Calnan is the good woman who can’t even swear without washing her mouth out with soap, but who kills Halim because he bought and flipped her home. It is all unexpected and yet somehow inevitable. Halim blames Iceland for the global financial crisis, or rather identifies Iceland as the example of the kind of greed that allowed it to happen. Hence the title.

I would now love to see Nicholas Billon’s triptych, Fault Lines.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Iceland

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Three really good actors that we see around town, and probably don’t appreciate enough. Ada we saw in Bombay Black and Much Ado; Horne in Tom at the Farm and a modern dress version of a greek play (Clytemnestra, or something else from the Atreides saga?) that was very good but, because I saw it without Cathy, for some reason, was never written up in her blog, (and in the Hyena Road movie); and Calnan in After Akhmatova – and I am sure in a bunch of other stuff that I do not remember.

    Anyway, all three very capably made their characters three dimensional in their monologues (perhaps more dimensions for Ada’s Halim) in a play that was very tightly written. It felt more like a short story than a novel, but an excellent short story.

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