**** Scene of the Titans
C Chambers St
This little gem of a musical playing at C+2 shows exactly why new writing based on a TRUE story works so well on the musical stage and why we must encourage these writers to try there ideas on the fringe as well as developing there productions for the west end and beyond.
The story of the Titans, Ireland’s first Gay friendly rugby team as they take on the challenge of the Bingham Cup is both inspired and at times emotional to watch. The Bingham cup itself was born of tragedy in order to do honour to an act of bravery which still transcends human thought to this day.
The lead character of Terry performed wonderfully by Luke Hier leads us through various flashbacks of the teams formation introducing us to a wealth of characters including cute boyfriend Colin, played by Sam Fowles, the boy with a crush, Cillian played by Ashton Montgomery and the rest of the team including drag queen manager Sophia who is played by Dario Cacioppo and Randy Grab on Alternate performances.
Terry’s Journey is at times perceived to be naïve as the initial impetus for setting up the team is to win the heart of the boy Colin, however it becomes so much more as he discovers that life and love do so often hurt irrespective of sexuality. What impressed me most about the production is that fact the team are Gay is normalised, which is especially humbling given the pressure religion still holds over Ireland.
Luke Hier’s performance is simply outstanding as his deep eyes convince you of the pain, the hope and love his character faces as he comes to terms with himself and the world around him. Great direction of the piece by Kate Andrews given the constraints of the venue is to be applauded as is the Pre taped Music of Adam Robbie, which pleasing allows the cast to perform without microphones so we can hear the emotional raw edge of the many voices which at times blend into a wonderful acapella moments. Choreography by Sarah Jane Dooley further enhances the experience. There is also some wonderful casting idea’s involved in the show where females play males to great effect.
This show is one which proves that a captains love for his men, a mother’s love for her son as they set out on the journey to Dublin, reaffirms the power of the Musical Theatre.
This really is the one of the must see productions of the 2011 Fringe season.