Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Theatre review: Botallack O'Clock
The Radio voice is inexperienced, though, and Hilton irascible, so he ends up dominating the interview with his reminiscences and theories about art - Elks has taken much of his script directly from the artist's letters and notes.
This means Botallack O'Clock ends up a short and bizarre character piece, using a dreamlike atmosphere (Christopher Nairne's lighting is a major contributor to this feel of the middle of the night with only Hilton's thoughts to keep him company) while Frost's fruity-voiced performance as the artist presents him as a difficult but likeable eccentric. I'm not sure how, as the poster tells us, this is a black comedy about Hilton's life and death (unless in the sense that we're inferring his death from his obvious bad health,) and not all the play's surrealism worked for me (the appearance of a flirtatious dancing bear is a bit of a tonal jump) but for the most part this works as a quirkily atmospheric dip into the mind of a wilfully eccentric artist.
Botallack O'Clock by Eddie Elks is booking until the 6th of February at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.