The Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival has arrived and I was lucky enough to be invited along to see one of the performances. Moirai, a Big Loop Theatre production, set the stage at Jacob’s Market, a quirky venue in the heart of Cardiff.
When we arrived it was buzzing with people, I love the theatre vibe, it is always so warm and welcoming. We headed to the bar to grab a drink and then we found seats in the back row. We found our seating a bit awkward, we couldn’t see much of the stage, so we decided to stand up and watch from the back.
The scene was set with two women in grey, a large box and a bright white background. The visual elements made me feel very intrigued, especially when the lights went down and the music began to play.
Moirai is a term from Greek Mythology, symbolising three white-robed women. They were in charge of life, fate and death. They made sure nothing changed the course of each person’s path, which in this case, was threaded string that came from the box.
Clotho was in charge of spinning the thread of life, Lachesis controlled the amount of life assigned to each person by measuring the thread of life (in Greek mythology she used a measuring rod), and Atropos had the unfortunate task of cutting the thread of life for each person.
I hadn’t read up on the performance ahead of the show (I never do) because I wanted to see it with fresh eyes. The music was amazingly atmospheric, I loved it. It worked in time with the various changes throughout. I also loved the sense of shadows, the dark and light atmosphere illuminated with the use of a blank white backdrop. It was simplistic, but it needed to be. This performance isn’t about elaborate costumes and sets, it’s a performance of life, fate and death.
For me, the beginning was a little slow. The performers were wonderfully playful, a strong essence of innocence radiated from Clotho and Lachesis. When Atropos arrived I felt the shift, not only in the storyline but also in the strength of the performance.
All three women portrayed strong characters superbly well, Clotho was wonderfully childlike, Lachesis had a sense of eeriness to her performance (she unnerved me, but in a good way!) and Atropos was fantastic as the troubled scissor-wielding woman.
The interactions between them were interesting, their individual personalities really stood out and I really felt for Atropos. She was tormented by her daily task of cutting life, she looked depressed, scarred and burdened.
I don’t want to ruin the ending, so I’ll say one thing, Moirai a must see for the existentialist.
So, if you question life and fate and all that’s in between, get your ticket for tonight’s performance now!
Moirai is at Jacob’s Market Thursday 23rd June 7.30pm.
Disclosure: I was given tickets to the show in exchange for review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.