Monster/Clock: A Puppet’s Play on Time
Collapsing Horse Theatre Company
Monster/Clock was chosen as the production of the year in 2012.
It’s difficult enough to do a puppet show. Let alone a musical. Add the demands of comedy on top and the task seems damn near impossible (just ask those involved with ANGLO: The Musical). So the arrival of Collapsing Horse on our theatrical horizon is made all the more astounding by the fact that they marry the differing forms so well to deliver, on their first time out, the perfect theatrical encounter. It’s aimed at children, but like the great comedy of Dempsey’s Den there is an irony to what’s done that speaks to their adult charges, who slip into the world created by writer Eoghan Quinn with an ease aided by the familiar master/student quest narrative and the rustic charm of Disney’s cell animations. The tale is a fairytale flip on the horrors of unsovereign Ireland, a people enslaved by nefarious cretins, their futures stolen so that a heartless monster can be kept alive, as its servants feather their nest with the fat of the land. The fantastic performances of all involved, never fall into the trap of dumbing down or over playing the comedy so that the great big thumping heart at this productions core pumps life into the other essential organs -its truth, atmosphere and its principal message of acceptance.
Review by EI Team | 09:00 | Thursday 3rd January 2013
Monster/Clock @ Civic Theatre Tallaght
Fri 22nd – Sat 23rd February @ 8pm
Tickets €15 & €10 concession, family of 4 – €40