The fascination of this minimal setup is twisted mischievously when two scripted characters emerge who, within a fiction of their own, pass concealed instructions to the two guests via whispers, scribbled notes etc. Through increasing virtuoso and sleight of hand, the guests seemingly gain control; it becomes difficult to know where the commands are coming from or indeed, where the power lies.
above, Sarah Potter at the ARCHES, Glasgow, April 2005
"a fascinating exercise in psychological puppetry...
a superb deconstruction of notions of relationship...
a triumph of technological and conceptual prowess,
in the guise of bare-bones avant-gardism."
the IRISH TIMES, october '04 * * * * * five stars
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