A Life On Stage
by Jason Booker
A straight-forward “this is my story” kind of show, Confessions of an Operatic Mute features Briane Nasimok telling tales of how he landed onstage today. Ranging from his earliest theatre-going experiences to his first roles in school (including spear-carrier and background pirate), Nasimok paces the stage and narrates his life with confidence. He may not have been a star in any of his previous incarnations but he gets to the heart of why in this show while demonstrating his self-deprecating style of humour and showcasing his unique physical traits. Including a smattering of theatrical anecdotes (where anything that can go wrong does) with his oh-so-slightly superfluous stories of love gone awry, Nasimok has chosen to fully represent himself, as the good, the bad and the ugly. Reminiscent of that uncle who regales you with the same stories at every family gathering, Briane (as a person and a character) endears through this underdog narrative before winningly concluding with a transformation into the lead role.