Ailin Conant directs an immersive production of John Milton’s Paradise Lost which invites the audience to move between heaven, hell and earth.
A scene from Paradise Lost Photo: Sebastien Dehesdin
The performers, playing angels who reside in heaven, all offer strong performances.
Ruth Rundle is convincing as the naive and excitable Uriel. Rundle demonstrates good improvisational skills in the first 15 minutes of the performance through her interaction with audience members. Sadie Clark has excellent comic timing as a strong willed angel who guards the Garden of Eden.
Reuben Beau Davies, in his role as Satan, offers a stand out performance. He executes the blank verse lines clearly and moves around the small performance spaces, designed by Zahra Mansouri, with confidence. His interactions with Daniel Chrisostomou, who plays Death, are compelling.
The production does suffer some failings - in particular the theatrical potential of certain scenes is not exploited. Also, the relationship between Adam and Eve, played by Leanne Bennet and Scott McGarrick, is unconvincing and their removal from Eden lacks power. The last scene of the production is unwieldy and could be shortened for the sake of clarity.
However, Fourth Monkey, once again, reinvents a classic text into an ambitious physical theatre piece which showcases an enthusiastic young cast.