Subha singing IDP song as Auntie Superior (YouTube)
Travelling Circus just finished its run. I wrote a mostly glowing review and Criticus Apparatus wrote a mostly glowering one. The odd thing is that I actually agree with Criticus on some of the political issues, but I don’t think that’s any reason to pan the play. You can disagree with the ideas, but the play did succeed in getting different people to think about them.
Tracy Jayasinghe singing at IDP entertainment night (YouTube)
What I liked about the play was that is was ‘devised’ (written during rehearsals), witty and fast. What I didn’t necessarily agree with was the contention that war is always bad, that one party was purely victimized, and that talking things out and asking questions will solve the conflict. Of course, on all those points I could be wrong. I think many aspects were naive, but sometimes morality looks naive when it is, in fact, brave. Criticus writes as if the dominant narrative is the truth and anything else is pretension, but I think art really should ask as why we kill so readily and write off those lives so easy. Art doesn’t have to be pragmatic and I think we need that, else we become entirely calculating monsters.
I’ve heard that there are many people who disagree with the point of the play (which is to be expected), but at least they get it. This is, I think, the point.