Entering a character’s world
To the Editor:
I’ve been familiar with the work of David Cameron and Jackie Minns since before I moved to Bowen 13 years ago, and they’ve never disappointed. But their latest co-production, Underneath the Lintel, a one-man-show for David directed by Jackie, took me by storm: it is simply a tour de force.
I arrived confident of being entertained and highly amused—and of course I was. I did not expect to be awed, shaken, moved to pity and terror, taken completely out of myself. But I was. Underneath the Lintel is a brilliant piece of work, and with Jackie’s impeccable support, David made it live. For 90 minutes, I completely forgot I was sitting in a room watching my friend David act, and simply entered his character’s world, totally absorbed in his lunatic quest for meaning, his obsessive pursuit of a miracle nobody else would even have noticed. The last time I was taken so totally out of my own head by a live actor was 1961, when I had the good fortune to see Paul Scofield in A Man For All Seasons on Broadway.
We are blessed to have David and Jackie on our island. Blessings should be treasured.