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Arts on Tour - The Daylight Atheist by Tom Scott


Fri 31 Jul 2020, 7:30pm

Where: MacKenzie Community Centre, Main Street, Fairlie, Mackenzie

Restrictions: Adults Only

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: heartlandsfrontline

Tom Scott's portrait of his father miraculously creates a highly entertaining show while delivering a brutal account of an appalling cruel and mean-spirited man. The writing sparkles with wit; harrowing childhood memories are brought to life with sharply rendered details, lyrical flourishes and wildly inventive comic embellishments.

"The extended monologue of The Daylight Atheist pays homage to the artistry of the Irish raconteur and Michael Hurst nails the part with a bravado display of vividly animated story-telling. His performance establishes a confessional tone that draws the audience into the harsh truths of a man who feels no need to conceal his nastiness. It also succeeds in evoking the pathos of a profoundly tragic figure who wilfully rejects the sustenance which comes from normal human intimacy.

One senses the writing has been a deeply cathartic process and we feel the bewilderment of a young child struggling to understand why his father takes such fiendish delight in hurting and humiliating his own family.

There are no easy answers on why Da is the way he is. The play suggests the pat psychological explanations relating to a grim Irish childhood are inadequate when set against the unrelenting malevolence of man who refuses to show any affection towards his own children." From the NZ Herald

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