12 Play Review

posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:46 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 8:46 AM ]

The Fragile Rock

A delight it always is, to be part of the audience at the Annual Seminary Major Play. This year, it was 'THE FRAGILE ROCK' - a pertinent title, in so many ways, knowing the Biblical Peter, the chosen one of Jesus.

The tone of the production was underscored by a smoothness which so contrasted with the uneasiness of the character of Peter which, albeit to my mind, was the strength of the play.

The seminarians and others - male and female - are not particularly trained for theatre and drama. But they bring to bear upon similar productions, in the course of their years of formation, their own touch of brilliance and/or mediocrity that impacts the performances within the production. And thankfully, it is almost always the raw brilliance that triumphs. I daresay the hidden God-factor being obvious!

Within the narrative of the play, the juxtaposing of key scenes in the life of Jesus and Peter was a nice concept. The "quo vadis" episode was delicately handled and performed. The burning of Rome was masterfully done, with Nero 'fiddling as Rome burned', with the clever use of LED projection.

The one let-down, to my mind, was the poor sound quality; no - not the mics, but the sound track per se. The tracks chosen were pretty good, but the output quality left much to be desired. Usually, biblical narratives have a vast and pulsating score. Perhaps, the original recording was not up to the mark.