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Review: Dialektikon, at Park Theatre 90

Impressive individual performances make up for a disjointed narrative in play that tackles immigration, homelessness, racism and greed

13 December, 2018 — By Catherine Usher

Benjamin Victor and Mary Nyambura in Dialektikon. Photo: Amoroso Films

DIALEKTIKON certainly offers an alternative to the endless pantomimes saturating theatres at this time of year. But after 100 minutes of being immersed in this odd, irritating world, audiences may be left yearning for the joyous simplicity of yelling: “It’s behind you!”

The show, written by Jacky Ivimy and directed by Adebayo Bolaji, is neither entertaining nor engaging. Individual performances stand out as impressive, but the story itself is disjointed and dull.

As Miranda, Mary Nyambura does quite a good job at portraying the lead character’s youthful enthusiasm, but the dream-like world she encounters is full of rather clumsy parallels with the political and social problems facing society today. Immigration, homelessness, racism, greed etc are all ticked off from a checklist of meaningful themes to cover, but the clichéd content fails to evoke any feelings of empathy or compassion.

Sabina Cameron as Miranda’s guide Ayida Wedo brings a welcome sense of elegance and gravity to the performance and Rhys Anderson in his professional stage debut is confident and pleasingly intense. Benjamin Victor plays The Servant with a great deal of impish charm.

Ultimately, the unfailing energy that the cast members generate throughout the show is undoubtedly its best feature. They make the best of things and for that they should be congratulated.

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