BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

27 November 2014
OxfordOxford

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Oxford
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Oxford

Beds Herts Bucks
Berkshire
Coventry
Gloucestershire
Northampton
Wiltshire

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


December 2004
Organillo @ The Pegasus Theatre
Organillo
Organillo

Organillo

Pegasus Theatre

10th Dec 2004

WEB LINKS

Pegasus Theatre

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.


PRINT THIS PAGE

View a printable version of this page.

get in contact

By Pei Ling Wong

Stephen Mottram's Organillo tells the story of reproduction. The idea is to represent sex and reproduction in underwater scenes using puppets and mechanical scenery.

It is truly an exquisite experience to witness ovulation, spermatogenesis and egg fertilization in a new light. The simple setting uses music and lighting to communicate the events reasonably well. As a Freudian inspired play, it is both magical and surreal.

However, the occasional falling behind of the recorded background music takes some of the magic away. The audience is also sometimes left in the dark or with a particular routine scene for a tad too long.

Sustaining the whole performance is the music piece composed by Sebastian Castagna for an organillo. This mechanical street organ could not be more fitted to this purpose, not less because of its name. It is cleverly devised (albeit requiring a certain amount of manpower) to churn out music which conveys innocence and calm.

Organillo is an enchanting experience but definitely has room for improvement.

*The views expressed in these comments are those of the contributor's and not the BBC.

line
Top | Stage Index | Home
Reviews Archive Stage
Stage review archive

Oxford venue guide

Listings page


The Weather Click for flicks Harry Potter fan site Contact Us
Write:
BBC Oxford,
269 Banbury Road,
Oxford,
OX2 7DW
E-mail:
oxford@bbc.co.uk
Phone:
08459 311 111



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy