"Adventures on The Geminus ahoy"
by Sascha Cooper for remotegoat on 08/05/19

In the second of Blue Devil Productions double bill, 'The Geminus' is a world's premier of new writing adapted from Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Sharer'. Showing a stark contrast of this time being out at sea, this powerful piece explored the potential of what happens behind closed doors.

Every single character was well developed and engaging to watch as each relationship developed in front of us. The highlight of course being the captain and his secret stowaway of a man who escaped another ship with a seemingly dark past. The way the sexual tension between the two men evolved was intense, but the actors held the closeness and secrecy the two men shared on their journey. Even the full nudity didn't feel forced, but natural and that in itself is a hard feat to achieve on stage.

Again, there was a slight issue on vocal volume from one or two people on occasion, but it did not distract from anything that evolved on stage. Plus a special mention has to go to Robert Cohen for portraying the first officer with such confidence and character that we believed he was an actual seaman. Also, there is a well constructed fight sequence which if you are at the front, you will find yourself on the edge of your seats as tensions rose high.

Not only is The Geminus extremely well written and directed, but the attention to costume detail is precise. A show that is not to be missed and is also a highlight of the fringe.

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