DIRT by Angus Cameron is unforgettable. From years of attending theatre, I very rarely find a theatre work which absolutely and utterly blows me away – and DIRT did just that.
A captivating script, expert direction, a striking mix of production elements and the phenomenal performances of Wil King and Patrick Livesey make this work one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.
The queer thriller is set in Moscow over the course of a single night where two strangers meet, drink, and party and eventually, uncover some dark secrets. And ‘thriller' is just what it is, I was on the edge of my seat for every moment of the play, transfixed with what was unfolding on stage.
The work explores some serious themes. It tackles LGBT+ persecution in Russia, human rights, and asks “Where’s the line between solidarity and saviour-ism?” and does so while enthralling the audience in a gripping narrative. The work doesn’t compromise its themes for its narrative, nor does it lecture. It manages to keep audience engaged while posing questions which buzz in the mind days after watching.
DIRT goes from great to excellent with King and Livesey performances. The characters created by the performers feel authentic and utterly convincing (a special shoutout to Livesey’s Russian accent). As real-life partners, their on stage chemistry is outstanding and creates heart-racing moments throughout the play.
Supporting this superb work is lighting and sound design that compliment the performances, themes and atmosphere transporting the audience to Moscow's underground nightclubs. The set is simple and versatile, allowing the actors to seamlessly transition to various 'locations' using the set uniquely each time.
DIRT by Angus Cameron is a thought-provoking, captivating and technically stunning piece of theatre that will stay with you long after you leave the venue. Despite their short season, I urge everyone to see this work and I, for one, will be going again.