Nicholas Amott plays Todd, an insomniac who can never fall asleep, yet seems to be living in a dream in Wake.
Should you see it?
We meet Todd where lucid fantasies meet contrived realities and join him on a solo adventure in trying to determine his where his sanity ends and where rationality begins, yet we are in the same boat as Todd and never truly know what state of consciousness he is in.
Amott, who plays Todd, carries himself with a great energy. He’s extremely engaging and puts all of himself into his performance. I should note that I was the only person in the audience at the showing of Wake that I saw and Amott put just as much work into the perfection of his craft for just one audience member as he would for a full house.
Wake is a fun exploratory journey through questionable sanity, the mundane in life and a whole slew of pop culture references. It is high pace and Amott knows every aspect of this show backwards and forwards. While the entire show is a stream of consciousness it never truly feels heavy in a manner that most stream of consciousness shows do. It’s bitingly funny and wickedly clever from start to finish.
While Amott explores the deep crevices of human consciousness the audience feels a strong connection to Todd. It’s easy to see aspects of oneself in this character who is all over the map. The performance was very physically demanded, yet its reward is high. One of the aspects of the show that impressed me the most was the way that Amott controls all of the lighting himself from on stage, which fits the venue perfectly. I saw the show at 8:00 PM when it was light outside, but closer to the end of the show as Todd seemed to be spiralling towards darkness the venue becomes very dark as well as the lighting is primarily from desktop laps and the sun through the windows.
Wake is a tour de force and a must see on any Fringe list this year.
What did you think? Have you ever had a dream that you thought was too realistic to just be a dream? Join the discussion in the comments below.