I of The Needle

Oran Mór, Glasgow, until Sat 12 May


Foucault saw identity, who and what we think we are, as something fluid and changeable, a product of cultural circumstances. It’s a similar concept Adrian Osmond seeks to explore in his new one man play directed by Paddy Cunneen, for this season’s A Play a Pie and a Pint. As Osmond explains, ‘It’s about a man attempting to uncover his own identity.’

Playwright and performer Osmond describes his piece as ‘a man unravelling his identity. It’s like a loose thread that you can’t help but pull and once you do, everything unravels. By placing him in everyday situations like job interviews where he’s forced to answer questions, he begins questioning his own choices. But where do the questions end?’ The still twentysomething Canadian director has been acclaimed for his work at the Arches and the Tron. ‘This production takes me outwith my comfort zone as I’ll be acting in my own piece. It’s a journey for me and the character,’ he says. With a background in playwrighting, acting and directing, for plays, operas and musicals, he has experience of a multitude of styles. While this is primarily a play, he describes the language as rhythmic. ‘It looks at how all our decisions, big or small, from what train we get to what magazine we read, ultimately affects our life.’ This intriguing play is followed a week later by Jane Duncan’s Father Son and Holy Smoke examining three generations of prejudices within one family.

(Greer Ogston)

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