Midsumma Review: Elegy

The Gasworks Arts Park is hosting an epic program over this year’s Midsumma program. 12 events, 2 premier shows and a show in each of Midsumma’s programming streams.

Elegy is one of the premier shows, and rightly so. The show was inspired by the photo journalism of Bradley Secker, who spent time interviewing gay Iraqi refugees in Syria. The play takes you through the journey of a young Iraqi, his quest to be with his lover, and the harrowing nature of being gay in a country that rejects you.

It’s powerful, confronting and engaging. Nick Simpson-Deeks puts in an incredible performance as the solo performer. There is a lot of deep dialogue and regular scene changes that move between time periods. You move from his time on the run, the loneliness of a foreign country, being betrayed and his time in jail.

The set is well thought out, dark and cold – you feel unwelcome. Each scene feels distinct and the team uses the space well.

At around an hour running time the show makes for a fab start a night. The photo exhibition in Gasworks’ hall also provides a great pre-amble over a drink or two prior to the show. Make sure to head on over during the show’s Gasworks season. Or alternatively keep supporting theatre and amazing productions like this via a donation.

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

Elefy runs from 19 January to 6 February at Gasworks. Check the website for performance times.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Lab Kelpie.