Published: 8 March, 2012
by ADAM F DOLAN
A Moth Ate Words is a surreal examination of contemporary consumerism, told through abstract expressionism.
An ambitious production, it encompasses an eclectic mix of narration, dance, poetry, live music, and even a little puppetry.
This dark fairytale is relayed through movement, while The Riddler, our narrator for the evening, guides us through scene transitions as he reads from a giant book that holds the story of the titular moth.
While the production boasts an unusually large cast for a fringe production, not a single member of the ensemble gives less than 100 per cent.
The stage is constantly abuzz with youthful enthusiasm and a spirit of sincerity that helps ground the strange and inventive proceedings.
The evening’s dreamlike performances are skilfully supported by a live band; an impressive group of enviably young and talented musicians performing music by Oliver Archimedes.
With a history that spans over four decades, the building that houses the intimate and charming theatre has considerably more character than a traditional venue.
Inconspicuously housed over a trendy bar near Hampstead station, the Pentameters’ décor is as timeless and evocative as the performances staged within.
The spirit of the 1960s is alive and well in this production – from the groovy tunes to the beautiful vintage costumes.
This is fringe theatre at its purest, and I can confidently assure you that A Moth Ate Words is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
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