It’s hard to talk about a festival you’re involved in without praising it constantly. SICK! has brought me serious amounts of joy over the last three weeks and I am grateful for the team’s ability to push for new and fresh ideas. LIPPY however I feel was a slightly underwhelming, in a festival where the quality was consistently strong. It is without a doubt that this play has received great reviews, best play out of Ireland in 2013, powerful. I however did not feel this power as much as others. Moments of brilliance came from interesting lighting choices, unusual sound design and playing with the normal conventions of set design. Yet, the pacing was off and its surreal nature was a bit overwhelming in parts. The play was based on an already haunting story of a family who committed mass suicide with no trace of identity and the exploration of this in Dead Centre’s play leaves me with no resolution. Slightly bemusing but an interesting look at silence and identity.
We can’t have it all, and with SICK! being a festival that is constantly evolving, there is always room for improvement and growth. SICK! overall has been really great, and I hope that their audience appreciated Dead Centre’s interpretation of silence and death more than I. I look forward to what they bring to us in the years to come.