A God Who Can Speak at The Space
The Space theatre showcases independent plays dealing with current topics that spark conversations within an intimate setting. The charming converted church in the Isle of Dogs is an established performing arts centre whose patron is Sir Ian McKellen. Currently showing at the venue is A God Who Can Speak, a work written and performed by Alexander Ananasso, who is bringing his first full-length play to the stage.
The work explores the LGBTQ+ experience through the protagonist, Mohamed, whose story unfolds gradually as he recollects emotionally charged memories. His cultural background coupled with his sexual orientation causes a rift in his identity that he must battle with. Something tragic has occurred, and Mohammed is suspended in time as he revisits an ex lover and thinks back on the complicated dynamic of their relationship. He also communicates with his deaf brother, and reflects on love and spirituality in a stream of consciousness until the lines between past, present and future are blurred. An otherworldly character, Mr Charon, intervenes at regular intervals and addresses the audience directly. He is there to assist and guide them through the experience. His approach is humorous and lighthearted, but what he is there to impart is far from cheerful.
A God Who Can Speak is an intimate play where big themes and private moments of self-reflection are merged. During its one-hour running time it brings up numerous topics, and everything it deals with undoubtedly provides much food for thought. Considering its length, this is a great feat. The characters’ identities are not as glaringly well-defined and immediately recognisable in terms of their backgrounds, personalities or manner of speech as one would hope, but the production is well structured and the switches between characters help build a solid sense of the story and the emotions it seeks to communicate. The play, and the venue itself, both contribute to adding new voices to pressing collective debates that are gradually unfolding and hopefully helping marginalised communities and individuals gain new awareness and strength.
A God Who Can Speak is at The Space from 2nd September until 4th September 2022. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.