On Wednesday May 22 James Wheale performed his one man show Maskboy – based on his recent Burning Eye collection of the same name – as part of Mayfest, Bristol’s festival of new theatre. Packed in amongst the full house audience in The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol was reviewer Clara Plackett. You can read the full review here on The Public Reviews but this gives you a highlight:
The idea of memories acting as time machines is eventually deemed to be unhealthy, but Maskboy still focuses on the strength of the mind throughout, and its ability to be resilient in various forms. The light comedy towards the end – Wheale mocks himself, clad in a superman cape – is a great relief, but the message is not one to cast off. Wheale successfully stresses that darkness can be beaten in ways that might seem ridiculous to some, and his modest and honest performance mean that the audience is as elated by his victory over depression as he is. An extremely powerful work.