With almost shamanistic prescience, Simon Wu's play connected the Asian flooding crisis with the concerns of our metropolis safety from nature in a timeless and sensitive observation of two extremes - the frailty of civilised culture and the underlying and propagating strength of humanity…
The rain, the rain, the rain (sound effect) was too loud - take heed direction!
But, all in all, well done - dedicated acting in the amazingly recycled temporary 'ark' which is the Jellyfish theatre. - Robin
01 Sep 10
I saw OIKOS last night and found it fascinating the way the playwright, Simon Wu, has cleverly intertwined dramatic narratives of the River Ganges and the River Thames in moving human stories with a mythic dimension. The main character, Salil is a British Indian city banker who has escaped the tragedy of his family being washed away when the Ganges flooded only to find the same thing threatening to happen again in his new Thameside home in London. There is a moment of revelation when he realizes that the tragic effects of gobal warming and flooding are greatly magnified by poverty - in the makeshift ramshackle Jellyfish theatre these words took on a heightened poignancy; as did seeing this play at a time when the poor of Pakistan are suffering the combined tragedy of flooding and deprivation. A thought provoking piece, well acted and well directed original play in an amazing venue. I felt the message was that if we can't be kind to each other how are we going to be kind to the earth. - Derek
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