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“Colourful satire with darkly caustic humour”

Adapted from a novel by Kim Kyung-wook, Spray is a delightfully surrealistic tale of exhaustion, urban living, petty thievery and cats. 

Directed by Park Cheong-euy, the primary coloured staging employs the use of multiple screens and fast-moving video projections by Bae Yun-kyung to create a montage of scenes from the overworked protagonist’s life. 

An unnamed man works long hours selling shoes to the hoity-toity customers of Seoul. His ability to function at work is impeded by insomnia induced by a neighbour who clicker-clatters into the building at 5am each day in her high heels. All the time she is out, her beloved ‘baby’ of a cat wails into the night. 

The best parts of the production centre on a number of dream sequences or flashbacks relating to the man’s life-long problem with clammy hands. His father’s disembodied voice barks out at random intervals, while memories of a first, and only, girlfriend – who left him after they held hands for the first time – replay in stilted slow motion.  

The pace slows towards the end, but the stark contrast between the original comedic tone and the truly dark ending is excellently discombobulating. At the centre of this satire is a meditation on loneliness.

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Production Details
Production nameSpray
VenueAssembly Roxy
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 26, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorKim Kyung-Wook
ComposerCho Sun-Hyung
ChoreographerKim Jung-Yoon
Lighting designerPark Yeong-Yong
Video designerBae Yun-Kyung
CastChoi Jae-Hyung, Kim Ha-Jin, Kim Jung-Ah, Kim Su-Won, Kim Young-Kun, Lee Hun-Hee, Lee Sang-Hee, Shin Eun-Kyung
TechnicalHwang Min-Hyoung, Kim Min-Gyu, Lee Ji-Eun
ProducerCho-In Theatre
VerdictEnergetic, colourful satire with darkly caustic humour
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