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Day 9 at Magnetic North

Festival musings and Iceland

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Fire and ice share the stage in Nicolas Billon's Iceland
  • Fire and ice share the stage in Nicolas Billon's Iceland




Magnetic North Theatre Festival draws to a close tonight, and that makes me sad.

It's been a whirlwind of plays and events. It's brought dollars and ideas to Halifax. It's brought attention to our exciting theatre scene and to our lovely city. 

It's hard to imagine how many volunteer and paid hours have gone into pulling together an event of this complexity. From where I sit, I say it's been a valuable experience. Many thanks to all involved.
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Review:

Iceland: Written by Nicolas Billon
Directed by Ravi Jain
Why Not Theatre (Toronto, ON)

"I wanted to punch the guy. I wanted to hop right up on stage and punch the guy." 

I've asked several people what they thought about Iceland, and most have expressed some variation of this sentiment.

That's because Halim (brilliantly played by Kawa Ada), the central character of the story, is a despicable, misogynistic, capitalist pig who (thankfully) gets his comeuppance at the hands of an Estonian student/call girl (Christine Horne) and a fundamentalist Christian (Clare Calnan).

There is an elegant simplicity to this show. Each character sits trapped in a square of cold light. They do not interact directly, but tell their stories in successive monologues. The viewer is left to connect the dots. And the picture the dots create is not a pretty one...

Provocative and unsettling.
 

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