This is the smallest stage I have ever seen — it’s just a treadmill. I Run is a monodrama about the grief of losing a daughter. Running is how a heartstricken father grieves, and heals himself. The actor ran for a whole hour; the father accelerates with the growing sorrow, and what exude through the pores are not drops of sweat but tears.
這是我見過面積最小的舞台 — — 就只是一台跑步機。《I Run》是一齣有關喪女之痛的獨腳戲，跑步就是一個悲痛欲絕的父親哀悼與療傷的方法。整整一個小時，男主角不停地跑，愈痛愈加速，遍身的毛孔流出來的並不是汗，而是眼淚。
Exercise is a way of cry.
6-year old Ellen died of leukaemia. Her father has watched her life fading away. He is helpless, so he runs as if it were a means to gain back a sense of control. It’s also an escape — he cannot recover and settle down, neither can he look after his wife and the younger daughter “as usual.” He just wants to run.
六歲的愛倫死於血癌，父親看著她的生命力逐少逐少的消逝，完全無能為力。所以他跑步，似乎那是重拾控制感的途徑；但那也可說是逃跑 — — 他無法安頓下來，無法繼續如常照顧妻子和小女兒，他只想跑出去。
The form of I Run looks simple, as what you see is just a man running and speaking on a treadmill. But the result of the performance is far from tedious, thanks to the sophisticated narrative structure: the story unfolds with the father’s memory and his “moving on” attempt alternating, where the images of Ellen’s count-down days take turns with her father’s mourning that every day feels like a year. Adding to that we see how the uses of space and movement also enrich the narrative structure, as the father keeps running forward, the sentiment runs through the past and the present.
The past is never passed. In spite of the fact that the beloved one is gone, he never lets bygones be bygones. He is compelled to imagine Ellen lives forever in the eternal kingdom:
I am not running. I fly, then land, fly, land, fly…this is how I get closer to Ellen in Heaven.
Max Keeble’s performance is compelling. While he had to run and act simultaneously for an hour, both transitions of emotion and narrative space-time were smooth and natural. Both his tears and sweat can act. What a moving show.
I RunProduction: Cut the Cord
Date: 16 Mar 2019
Venue: CAGE — THE VAULTS, LEAKE STREET