Players Review: The Delta Tanita

It’s the last week of term; maybe you’re swamped with essays and exams, or perhaps you’ve thrown in the towel and decided to start celebrating Christmas early.  Either way, you should definitely go and see The Delta Tanita.

 

The play, written and directed by Colm Summers, opens with Jessy (Colm Gleeson) making his younger sister Tanita (Rachael Lavelle) sit under an elm tree and write five letters of apology.  As the play progresses we find out what Tanita is apologizing for, and unearth several darker secrets in the process.

 

The play is written and directed by Colm Summers, and he did an impressive job of both.  The play largely consisted of a face-paced, intricate monologue, which managed to use a range of complex imagery, yet still sound believable.  The play makes creative use of a huge array of props, music, and blocking.  All of these complex components were exceptionally well put together by a talented cast and crew.

 

All of the actors gave excellent performances. Pierre Georges provided a humorous opening to the play.  Colm Gleeson should be commended for his standout performance; the play largely hinged on his monologue, and he delivered a nearly flawless performance. While Rachael Lavelle and Ronan Carey had comparatively few lines, they managed to give convincing performances.  

 

The set, designed by Maisie Cottell and Darren Sinnott, was beautiful; there were so many different elements, yet all of them fit together and added to the atmosphere of the play.  However, I don’t envy the people who had to clean up afterwards. Tilly Taylor’s’ lighting design was subtle, but effective.  The costumes were well designed; they contributed to the play but were not overbearing.  If I was a flaw in the production, it was that there were moments when the music made it difficult to hear the actors.  

 

The Delta Tanita is a creative, powerful exploration of sexuality, family and growing up, and a must-see play.

 

★★★★

 

Tanya Sheehan

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