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His Horses review at Camden Peoples Theatre London

For a show with just one performer and no text besides voiceover, His Horses has a lot to offer. Home decorating, nakedness and played-back answerphone messages are just some of the ingredients in this curious mix.

Blurring the line between reality and fiction, the story focuses on an artist wrestling with his inner demons. Stuck at home with his writing and his memories, he throws paint at the wall, upturns his desk and listens to music.

This is not quite the crazy mess it sounds. Director Chris Goode warms to the themes of bittersweet melancholy and draws a kind of beauty from acts as simple as the burning of a leaf or the eating of an apple. He makes everyday life his frame of reference and shows much to celebrate in the human condition.

In confining his performer to a one room set, Goode explores the loveliness and the madness of the lone existence. To his credit, he kindles an understated drama from a slice of narrativeless life. Inevitably at once inward-looking, devoid of plot and episodic, the play would have worked better as an art installation. Nonetheless, an ambitious piece with plenty of moving moments.

Production Information

Camden People’s Theatre, London, March 25-28

Author
Chris Goode, Theron Schmidt
Director
Chris Goode
Producer
Camden People’s Theatre in association with SPRINT
Cast
Theron Schmidt
Running time
1hr 10mins

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