Company: Bzzt! Trap Door Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
Venue: 10 - Planetarium Auditorium
A love triangle set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, "The Frenzy of Queen Maeve" is a an intense, polished, and wildly entertaining production.
A love triangle set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, The Frenzy of Queen Maeve
is a an intense, polished, and wildly entertaining production.
At the heart of the story is Aisling, a streetwise young Belfast woman torn between two very different men: William, a responsible, university-bound Englishman; and Fionn, a charismatic operative in the IRA.
The acting is stellar, with all three actors sharing a sizzling chemistry. Jackie Block shines as a woman struggling to decide what's more important - her safety, or her country. And as the sweet, kinetic Fionn, Nathan Howe makes us believe how Aisling could love a man who commits unspeakable acts of violence. I should add that for a bunch of Saskatooners, they have some pretty convincing Irish accents.
There are moments of genuine hilarity (Fionn: "If I was courting you, I'd bring flowers, not bomb a chip shop"), but it's hard not to shake an underlying sense of dread. When Aisling finally makes her decision, setting the wheels in motion for the shocking - and somewhat inevitable - conclusion, you will be on the edge of your seat.
This is a dazzling production from beginning to end, and Aisling's final monologue will stay with you for days.