by Jay Catterson, Editor, Dance
The projection design by Jamie Nesbitt featuring gorgeous brush-art animations by Giant Ant studios (who have previously collaborated on Koyczan's viral anti-bullying "To This Day" video on YouTube) proved to be effective at times, particularly during a duet where Grandmother (the gloriously talented mezzo-soprano Meghan Latham) consoles Boy via scribbled notes on a notepad passed under his bedroom door; the duo sang purely without lyrics while their exchanged notes were projected on the screen behind, creating a truly unique emotional dialogue between the two characters. However, at other times, the animations were too distracting and unnecessary, especially in moments when Boy's inner turmoil was bubbling to the surface. The show could have used a little less of the projections and animations, and left the emotion and storytelling to the performers themselves. It felt like the production team did not quite trust their audience in understanding the emotions felt by Boy through song alone; if that is the case, why even bother with singing in the style of opera at all?