artscape | dublin internationl gay theatre festival | dublin | 2008
artscape arena | cape town | 2008
For this new play, Wild and designer Angela Nemov turned the Artscape Arena on its head, and exploded the design concept across the theatre’s own backstage ladders, walkways and lighting control room. Barbed wire, graffiti, a Perspex elevator, old washing machines, a giant billboard, falling bouncing balls and rows of supermarket produce invaded the existing structure of one of the venue’s side walls. The sprawling set allowed for immediate, cinematic ‘cuts’ between the short scenes, and in-your-face lighting inspired by music videos.
“Dalliances, meticulously directed by Matthew Wild, has got people talking and now I understand why … It is blatant and it hurts, but it is real.” THE WRITING STUDIO
“Dalliances is cool. Lest this reads as a damning understatement, it should be pointed out that generally, theatre is not cool. Movies, YouTube, MTV ... They're cool. Dalliances explodes onstage in a retina-blistering blast of sex, drugs and debauchery ... Dalliances is very visually-driven with strong colour themes and eye-popping set design … The set sprawls across the stage and leaks into the audience. Graffiti, balls, bubbles and barbwire pop up everywhere while actors literally fall from the rafters... Dalliances is a spectacle that screams to be seen. Listen.” CAPE ARGUS
“I cannot fault this production. … It is brilliantly directed … The set is creative, both in its design and use … the actors’ portrayal is so polished they seem not to act at all …” ARTSLINK
“Matthew Wild’s direction ensures an energetic pace, as energetic as the characters themselves .. Props are used cleverly and (symbolically) purposefully, and more than the normal playing area of the Arena Theatre is exploited … Scenes change rapidly, never disturbing the pace. All the actors portray their characters convincingly.” DIE BURGER