THE MEMORY OF BOMBS created and performed by Lucy Simic, Stephen O'Connell, Sabrina Reeves, Richard Windeyer, Ciara Adams, Jeff Douglas, Robert Tremblay and Kevin Rees-Cummings. Presented by bluemouth inc. Aug 12-13 at 8 and 10 pm, Aug 14 at 6 and 8 pm. Meet at Factory Theatre. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Getting to the main site of site- specific performance group bluemouth inc 's latest show is more complicated than ever. It involves a lot of running, crouching and leaning up against walls in alleys. (Note: avoid wearing open-toed shoes.) The performance itself is more punk circus than theatre, and though there are several riveting images - many involving wall-climbing and wrestling in the atmospheric crumbling warehouse - the text is less suggestive and powerful than in the company's previous shows. There's a sense of ritual to the piece and some strong multimedia elements - bluemouth inc. uses movement and music better than almost any other troupe in town - but dialogue about war and bombs sounds didactic and fails to detonate.