December 12, 2016
Upon arrival at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama I must
admit that I had a preconceived and somewhat limited expectation on what
the outcome of the evening would be. First of all knowing that I was going to
watch a production titled ‘From Morning to Midnight’ and seeing from the
poster what appeared to be a slightly disheveled gentleman attempting
composure, my mind instantly began to create its own mandala of thoughts
projecting concepts and ideas before even entering the theatre.
Perhaps this, like most things in life, was both a hindrance and a virtue. Once
I allowed myself to see beyond the veils of appearances what unraveled
eccentrically in this creative piece was a deep and expansive observation into
the illusion of fixed identities. Nearly every character within the presentation
expressed a sense of surety, a blissful ignorance in knowing who and what
they were. In doing this they also projected onto others fixed mental
imaginings of who and what they should be. All of these forms eventually
unraveled and they all came to realise the fallibility of their own structured
Although the production was set in the late 1900s, to me it was very much a
representation of our current societies mass egoistic state, and a state that
human beings perhaps carry with them throughout all world ages. Humanity
today is filled with individuals who solely identify with their egos. Egos that are
extremely fixed in their systems of belief thus causing a divide between self
and other. We instantly judge based upon the outer semblances of things,
whether it be someone’s outfit, physical shape, hair, shoes, skin colour and so
on. In doing this we put others into a box that is suitable to our own zones of
comfort. What we fail to realize, more often, is that we actually confine
ourselves and limit the fullness of the people we perceive.
The truth is that everyone is playing a role, putting on outfits and costuming
themselves daily creating a character to generate a certain degree of
attention/perception. It is in fact a beautiful display of artistic creativity the
development of ones personality or persona, a word that finds its Latin origin
in the meaning of ‘A Mask’, the face in which a being clothes itself.
We are all wearing personality masks but what lies beneath is far greater.
This was the message that ‘From Morning to Midnight’ conveyed to me so
Appearances are superficial. There are layers within everyone. A
conditioned mind can be deceiving and the unexpected will awaken you!
Bravo! To the cast, writer, director and crew