Man of Valour

Man of Valour
Samuel Beckett Theatre
Four Stars

Office drone by day, action hero by night, Farrell Blinks is on a dual mission: to escape the drudgery of nine-to-five life, and to lay the ghost (and the ashes) of his father to rest. In a performance of tremendous physical and vocal virtuosity, Paul Reid plays the downtrodden Blinks and various other characters, both all too familiar (the moaning Corkonian) and grotesquely fantastical (his savage alter-ego). But this is a show that embodies fun and feeling in equal measure. It is part heroic journey, part moving study of grief.

The video projection by Jack Phelan, lighting by Aedín Cosgrove, and sound and music by Denis Clohessey lend an epic, blockbuster feel to Man of Valour, transforming a bare stage into a multitude of atmospheric locations, from a toilet cubicle to the sewers. Man of Valour is another inventive triumph from Corn Exchange director Annie Ryan and writer Michael West.
Runs until September 24th
Sara Keating

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