Gorgon, VAULT Festival

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by Verity Sharpe

This is a spectacularly brilliant show which fuses conventions of both horror and comedy, effortlessly guiding the audience on the protagonist’s journey of revenge. It follows a young woman who has been stepped on her whole life by those she should have been able to trust.

Admittedly this sounds like a night of heavy theatre. Yet, Elf Lyon’s hilarious protagonist, Diana, sensitively walks between funny and sad. Despite all of the horrific acts she partakes in, she simultaneously evokes sympathy and encouragement. Natalie Williams and David Houston support her, as they multi-role various characters with ease and conviction.

The company’s storytelling is a joy, and they deliver a play with a strong plot and nuanced message. The staging aids this in a big way. Watching a horror-comedy in traverse seating lets the audience watch each other gasp, laugh, and wince, making for a really intimate audience experience. The use of live foley is interesting, however its visual prominence alienates the audience and prevents them from being fully immersed.

On the subject of immersion, Gorgon feels immersive, but not intrusive. The cast creates a safe space in which the audience can really feel comfortable and enjoy the show.

Gorgon runs through 9 February.

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