The search for answers continues as Pandora’s production of A Bucket Full of Fire presented a stimulating and curious examination of human nature.
Do not expect Darren Donohue’s play to follow the usual linear fashion one might encounter from a narrative. Much like life or dreams this play leaves you pondering and wondering with the details that emerged and surface throughout it’s 50-minute run.
With skilful and lyrical language the play seems to, as far as one can project (much of the diagnosis can be left to personal perspective) explores varies facets of human nature through six characters. The set, a well and a bed, permits the audience into the curious world of this production. While also adding the directorial choice of having the actors preset as the audience made their way into the cosy confines of Cleeres Theatre, the director, Vincent A O’Reilly made a bold statement; creating an unsettling and alien atmosphere.
For a play such as this, it is often difficult for the audience to connect with any particular character as they become mixed and mumbled in their actions and motivations in this bizarre world, but it can be said that the skilful persuasion of two particular actors truly kept the audience curiously captivated. Simon Toal (Mr. Maud) and John Morton (Blic) performances were done with stellar execution. Their timing, reactions, physicality and delivery made this confusing tale personal plausible.
The unfortunate size of the stage prohibited some of the action with the fluidity that the rest of the play allowed. The bed, with its antique varnished wooden frame was a lovely image, and the well, although at times failing in its function, was sufficient.
Pandora Theatre Company is a daring and inspiring company, adventurous and seeking challenges in their endeavours of theatrical delights.
Quality theatre is not only entertaining but stimulating and this production most certainly prompted and sparked not only theatrical questions but ones that often have no answers – existential inquiry.
A much-needed theatrical tonic that was provocative and intriguing.