• Amy Toledano

Flights presented by One Duck Theatre

What is it?

Flights by John O’Donovan.

What's it all about?

Ennis - Ireland. A dark and stormy night. Three men, Barry, Cusack and Pa gather again for the anniversary of their childhood friend Liam – killed in a road accident when they were seventeen.

How did it make me feel?

This is a truly powerful piece of theatre to watch. All three actors - Conor Madden (Cusack), Colin Campbell (Barry), and Rhys Dunlop (Pa) are great to watch, each having their own issues whether it be moving countries, new babies or addiction, all giving us a different element of Liam as they each have a monologue showing the fourth character of Liam through their eyes.

Thomas Martin’s direction suits the production - giving a vibe of a Chekhov or Ibsen with todays worries and problems.

It is a very heavy show but the team are able to find humour and pathos in the piece. The soundscape created by Peter Power is my favourite element of the show, with one minute sounding like the rain outside, to long discordant notes being held as actors monologue in Liam’s voice. The set is beautiful but it was difficult to decipher where the play is set - is this a disused plane, a cave or a deserted building? Where ever it is however, it has the capability of morphing when you least expected it.

Anything Else?

Although a very long piece of theatre - it is clear that everything is the production is vital to the plot.

Claire-Monique x

Flights is playing at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham Common until the 29 February 2020.

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