Thor of the Common Man

Theatre SanTuoQi / Performance Infinity

theSpace on North Bridge

From 02 August 2013 to 17 August 2013

Rating: ***

Review by Catherine Lamm

In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. A little of everything, it looks.

Here Theatre SanTuo / Qi gives us a Thor of warning. Mankind has gotten too far away from the gods. They have become dangerous and without faith. And destructive. Thor is sent to stop mankind. Thor has also been called on in the past to try to get mankind out of other dilemma; toward themselves as well as others. Are we deserving and will we be helped?

This is another of the east-meets-west productions which engages our humanity on so many levels. And yet it also proves that we are all in the same boat and hopefully we will see that Thor is trying to help since we don't seem to be able to help ourselves.

Strictly a physical theatre piece, we do need the mythological background to understand the performance on an intellectual level. But we are well aware of the conflict going on. Theatre SanTuoQi performing in the tiny space utilizes every inch well. The performers project well the conflict. They are a wonder to watch.