Fringe Review: "Sudden Skies" is a poignant piece of work
If you thought you'd seen every variation of dystopia known to man, think again; you haven't seen Sudden Skies. Blank Space Productions' latest show is as ominous as it comes. The innovative use of movement and intense vocal choices makes for a performance like no other this Fringe season.
The sense of foreboding upon walking into the theatre is heavy, and doesn't let up. There is an urgency to this convoluted conversation between two entities from opposing sides of... whatever war they are fighting. Despite the often confusing dialogue between the two, the audience is not lost as the cast embody a fervour that awakens the senses and takes hold of the mind to deliberate over the origins of their story.
Ritualistic and deliberate in all their actions this piece is choreographed to perfection, with raw and seemingly spontaneous reactions to current circumstance. There is an impenetrable partnership between the actors, Ann-Marie Biagioni and Haydon Wilson, who have incredibly commanding presence on stage. The audience is unable to look away from this bold display of human spirit in the most demanding of emotional situations.
All in all the play seems to explore what happens when one comes to the end of themself; what they are left with when there is nothing of the world left. With a mastery of body and voice, highlighted by Biagioni's electric singing, Sudden Skies displays the power within a person to defy, and in turn to surrender. This is surely one of Blank Space's most poignant pieces to date.