Deadly school of thought

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Deadly school of thought


Thu, 16/05/2013 - 09:22


Felix Brunger in The Anorak
Felix Brunger in The Anorak
16 May, 2013

The Lion And Unicorn

ADAM Kelly Morton’s dramatic monologue The Anorak sees Felix Brunger deliver a shocking, dark exploration of the life and mind of Marc Lépine, who stormed Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989, shooting 14 women before taking his own life.

Chewed Up Theatre’s production of the critically acclaimed one-man show initiates a gender divide in the audience before a word of the script is delivered, setting a tense and somewhat aptly confusing mood by positioning what I’m pretty certain were 14 seats reserved for female audience members to one side of the theatre.

The stage is decorated with only an angle-poise lamp and an oddly shaped structure that serves as an intriguing and subtly evolving all-in-one set that feels as if it morphs into buildings, steps, seating and maybe even a memorial or tomb.

Brunger’s performance is as dark, intense and erratic as you would expect, given the subject matter.

However, his delivery of Lépine’s potted biography as it twists and changes from memoir to re-enactment is surprisingly moving in places.

Faye Bradley’s set design allows the killer to scrawl highlighted thoughts, ideas and diagrams all around him.

This results in ghostly white footprints appearing and fading as we are walked through his family history, his thoughts, his views on the world and his increasing hatred of women and feminism.

Delivered as a challenging monologue with no interval, changes in scenes and time are defined only by subtle changes in lighting.

Some of these changes are unnecessary given Brunger’s ability to switch between calm, wistful memories and intense, increasingly erratic behaviour, before reaching a crescendo not for the faint of heart.

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