The Other (Gaël Le Cornec / Footprint Project)
By Jane Berg | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
‘The Other’ is a story of war and migration, told through magic realism. A young girl called Mana, and her living doll Manita, must walk from the violent Red and Yellow planet to the safe Blue planet. Her quest is a veneer of juvenile simplicity over a dark subtext of slavery and deprivation. This disturbing juxtaposition allows the play to mostly avoid the pitfalls of allegory, but it’s Gaël Le Cornec’s stellar performance that pulls it all together. She is completely absorbed by the role, using her multiple props and shadow puppets with effortless grace. This macabre fantasy does admirable work in highlighting how a child’s mind should never have to encounter monsters.
Institut Français d’Ecosse, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Jane Berg]