In turns funny, harrowing, real and surreal, this daring performance
is nothing short of brilliant.
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Combining the precision and timing of the practised story-teller with
the physical expressiveness of the accomplished actor, Dillon
brings measured delivery, carefully stylised visual imagery and the
degree of physical and emotional vulnerability needed to translate powerful
prose into disturbing, dangerous theatre.
There's a definite buzz in the sell-out crowd for the opening of a
new Berkoff by one of the most-praised solo performers of recent Fringes.
If you thought Berkoff was all arch bombast, then try this mesmeric
wade through the quagmires of despair. From its monotone
opening to its killer final line, it's both unique and fascinating.
One cannot be unaffected by Dillon's virtuoso performance in this
world premiere of Berkoff's two monologues. It is a tour de force
in which the actor and his material become one and the fusion of life
and theatre is complete.
These three short tales make for a miserable yet marvellous evening.
He is raucous, humourous, pitiful and exceptionally tender. The stage
is empty, the subject matter almost banal, so there is nothing but the
force of Dillon's performance to carry you through. He does not
disappoint. Here is a performance which cannot be too highly
WHAT'S ON IN LONDON
Say a Prayer for Me & Hell was a hit at the 1992
Edinburgh Festival and on tour in Spring 1993. In August 1993, The
Secret of Capitalism made up the trilogy at the Gate Theatre in London.