Directed and Written by Suzanne Andrade
HOME, 12 December 2019
This suite of strange stories was both unsettling and satisfying.
The first story, about a fat cat with an insatiable attitude, set the tone. It was gruesome, quirky and darkly absurd. Later there was a story about a king who sets out to test his queen’s character – a rather head-in-his-arse king who clearly had a deficient moral sense himself. There was a Western about a bad hombre by name of The Ogre, set on terrorising a small town. Someone had to take him out, and they did. Perhaps my favourite story, though, was the one called ‘Two Fishes’, which was perfect and profound. It reminded me of some of the Hasidic tales that Martin Buber collected together. That cruel, just quality was present in spades.
What I have felt with one or two 1927 shows In the past is that while the animation and stylised acting has been highly effective at evoking atmosphere, the story and substance has not really measured up. Here the stories, for the most part (there is a little padding present), deliver a solid punch.
You can see a trailer of Roots at 1927’s website here.
Roots is showing at HOME until 30 December, further details can be found here.