Review Constellation Street, The Other Room by Caitlin Finn

Constellations Street - Neal McWilliams (credit Aenne   Pallasca)

All photographic credits Aenne Pallasca

This was my third review night of the Insomnia season from The Other Room at Porters and I have to say that this was, by far, my absolute favourite.

The staging of the play was much more relaxed and audience involvement was increased. Even if we didn’t have to speak I felt part of the performance. When the house was opened the audience was divided into three or four groups and given a small card with a street name on it, this acted as our pass into the performance and determined which of the four monologues we would see. I had the honour of seeing the hotel, bar and street scenes.

Constellations Street - Nicola Reynolds (credit Aenne   Pallasca)

The hotel scene was a heart breaking piece in a most beautiful way. The bar scene being a comedic play on a similar topic. Although, initially these scenes only seemed to have the smallest detail in common, it was all brought together in a stunning summary that was executed brilliantly. These pieces all covered strong topics such as young pregnancies, suicide and affairs. Even though these were strong themes in the play, they were touched upon in a way that wasn’t too overpowering. I think that these monologues could have easily stood alone and done so well, however, all three put together created a phenomenal piece of pure artistry.

Constellations Street - Gwenllian Higginson (credit Aenne  Pallasca)
As well as the play, once again the actors performed with such professionalism and, without sounding completely cheesy, I honestly believe that everyone involved in the performance is destined for the big screen.

I have become such a fan of the venue and the performances they hold and, even if you can’t make it to the Insomnia season, I would highly recommend keeping an eye out for any other plays that they hold because they are such a treat and well worth seeing.

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