One Day Moko (Portable Union)
By Hannah Greenstreet | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
Tim Carlsen’s ‘One Day Moko’ was first performed in New Zealand in 2014. Carlsen masterfully inhabits his character, Moko, a happy-go-lucky homeless man, who repeatedly checks in with the audience and asks for song requests. There are some exciting theatrical moments here in Moko’s interactions with the audience; we become the police, a bouncer, and other characters in his life. In a nice touch, Moko does all the tech himself, running round the back of the audience to turn the lights on and off. Unfortunately, the show does not hang together very well, something acknowledged by Moko at the end of the show, which is quite frustrating. Come for the character work rather than the story.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]