A one-man show full of many characters. The Far Side of the Moon is an extraordinary play written and directed by Robert Lepage and performed by Yves Jacques at the Welsh Millennium Centre on the 24th of March 2017.
The Far Side of the Moon is a story like any other. Two brothers, Phillipe and Andre, have just lost their mother but one being more successful than the other their relationship is not at its best. The story is not trying to be something that it’s not. It’s not trying to be something that would blow your mind. It’s a simple story about life. What makes it special, however, is the set design.
The play has so many aspects in its design that it’s hard to focus on just one. Puppet of a cosmonaut used throughout the whole course of the performance to show Phillipe’s continuous fascination with space that follows him everywhere. The props were usually some ordinary objects used in completely different way, for example an ironing board used as a whole gym. One of the most significant objects, however, were the cameras used to show different perspectives. They were placed on several places and the video was projected at the same time on the blackboard on the stage. There was one placed inside of a tumble dryer which, when Jacques was climbing into it, made it look like he entered a space ship.
Another prominent element was the mirror that moved in different ankles throughout the performance. The most interesting ankle used was at the end when the mirror reflected the stage because we could see Jacques lying on the ground but with the choreography in the scene it symbolized him floating in space.
The Far Side of the Moon is so different from classical performances yet the story is so close to real life. The technicalities simply show how a man could feel an ordinary experience in his life in an extraordinary sense.
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The Far Side of the Moon by Robert Lepage (2017) Directed by Robert Lepage [Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 24 March]
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