Golem by 1927 Productions at The Old Market Theatre, Brighton

1927 have an amazing array of skills. Formed by animator and illustrator Paul Barritt and writer and performer Suzanne Andrade, they have, since their inception, been making rich works filled with valuable lessons. Golem was no exception.

Set in the not too distant past, or the not too distant future, a girl, Annie, reflects on her brother’s transformation ever since acquiring a Golem – a clay man who will obey everything his master tells him. Over time, however, it is Annie’s brother who starts to obey orders as we see him being transformed along with the people around him and society as a whole.

Clearly this is an allegory about the way in which we have been enslaved by smart phones and technology. Consumerism and commercialism are the bigger forces here, where it seems we can no longer act with free will. Instead, we are being guided by supposedly benevolent forces, although clearly they are not, in buying the latest things and dressing and behaving in certain ways dictated by the larger forces of popular culture aided by technology.

The whole production gleamed darkly with projected animation as a backdrop to the performance. There is therefore endless potential for both setting and special effects with a performance like this. The make up, too, was added to this style and there was a touch of Tim Burton in the heavily shadowed eyes, cheek bones, and necks of the characters.

This was a very interesting piece, discussing a major issue of our times. Frightening to note that the final development we see of Golem is Golem 3.0 a version of Golem that is integrated inside us, inserted directly into our heads, effectively guiding and controlling our every thought and action.

Great work form 1927, and a great excuse to take a trip down to Brighton to the lovely Old Market Theatre. We look forward to coming back!

Highlight of the piece – the singing performance in the bar, with a body that defied physics but was possible through technology…

WIGS 4/5

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