In Last Illuminations ‘visions’ enable an official to live through imagination and memory.
In Last Illuminations ‘visions’ enable a public servant to live primarily through imagination and memory. His consciousness is rendered through two characters, the older OFFICIAL looking back on his life and the YOUNG OFFICIAL, who embodies not just the self he seeks in memory but, at times, his doubts about his experiences. In the play’s portrayal of this, projected images suggest his flux of thoughts and memories while Peter Graham’s music intensifies his yearnings, moments of exhilaration and reflections. Ultimately, narrative, performance, music and image combine to evoke both the official’s curious life and the surreal world he inhabits.
OFFICIAL performed by David Macrae
YOUNG OFFICIAL performed by Tom Pickering
Music composed and directed by Peter Graham
Written and directed by Peter Murphy
Stage manager/show operator: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez
Image by Darren Gill
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.