Hawksley Workman in The God That Comes at the Belfry Theatre.

Hawksley Workman’s dress makes the man

Belfry's SPARK ignites with The God That Comes

  • Mar. 19, 2015 8:00 a.m.

THE GOD THAT COMES promo clip from 2b theatre company on Vimeo.



Hawksley Workman’s The God That Comes is one of the most innovative, mesmerizing pieces I’ve seen in a very long time.

Creative and provocative, Workman’s musicianship is equalled by the simple, yet intriguing story.

The tale of the god, the king and his mother is an exploration of the relationship between mother and son; rules and rebellion; lust and … well, more lust.

The Belfry Theatre audience was considerably younger than usual and perhaps some had imbibed just a bit more than the normal crowd, but that is part of SPARK fest’s allure, its ability to draw more than just the regulars with two weeks of unique – and many free – shows.

The performance by Workman was also a draw, attracting many fans of his music that may not have previously been regular theatre goers.

The God That Comes, written and directed by Christian Barry, comes with a warning that it contains mature subject matter, beautiful loud music, explicit language, sexual imagery and “other naughty ideas.”

It’s those naughty ideas that drive this piece forward with a degree of passion that ranges from hilarious to slightly unsettling. The music is raw and real and leaves a taste of The Who’s classic Rock Opera Tommy on the tongue. With a nod to Euripides’ The Bacchae, the work is both tragic and comic putting gods, kings and mothers on a pedestal, then neatly knocking them down.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winner, Workman is at ease on stage and with the audience, even offering a “bless you” when someone sneezed. He is engaging, ribald and magnetic to watch.

Though it’s Workman who blazes across the stage for the 75-minute performance, the fire is fuelled by choreographer Monica Dottor, a six-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actor and choreographer, whose work in this case is flawless. With sound design by Jesse Ash and sound mixing and operating by Todd Lumley, a member of Workman’s live performance group who does a spot-on job, The God That Comes is an evening of wine, women and song that you won’t soon forget.

The God That Comes is on at the Belfry to March 21.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

Pandemic reunites 2000s era Victoria rock band The Origin

Saanich musicians recording for first time since 2008

From Nanoose Bay to the bookshelf, Howard the Gnome now a children’s book

Vancouver Island author explores Howard’s move down-Island

Nanaimo country singer releases new music video

‘Adrenaline’ is the second single from Joel Lee’s upcoming debut EP

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Art+Earth Festival gets growing this weekend

Find out what events are in-person and what’s happening online

Film about missing and murdered indigenous women makes Nanaimo debut

A mother and daughter search for answers in Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s ‘Rustic Oracle’

Nanaimo’s Harbour City Photography Club goes virtual to adapt to COVID-19

Club’s exhibitions, meetings and presentations are now occurring online

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre returns to the stage in Port Theatre debut

Theatre group presents ‘2 Across,’ described as a ‘middle-aged romantic comedy’

Authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards

Finalists for 2020 announced in two categories

Three Nanaimo-area writers up for CBC non-fiction prize

Sheila Brooke, Vicki McLeod and Rachael Preston make 35-person longlist

Resident Alien returns to Ladysmith for filming in early October

New SyFy series back after spring filming interrupted by COVID-19

Most Read