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Witzelsucht and Moria, by GC Morgan

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

A psychiatric inferno

Witzelsucht and Moria is a one man, 50 minute show that is gloriously surreal in its intent and purpose, ostensibly to illustrate the life and trials of an unappreciated psychiatric genius now in the twilight of his career.

I suspect that GC Morgan is more than slightly in love with words. This show has a lot of them, delivered in a fast and furious lecture style (reminiscent, for those who remember such things, of the late Vivian Stanshall and his creation ‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’).

The framework for the script’s delivery is a lecture, given by the hero of the piece, and so not very much happens (well, apart from two bodily ‘incidents’ which I do not propose to describe – one consequent on viola-playing, the other of a kind familiar to anyone who knows the word ‘trepan’) as we are enlightened about this mad, brilliant, psychotic, self-harming, variously drug-reliant individual, whose genius is the victim of bad luck and bad timing.

His schooldays bring him into contact with Pablo the Iberian gardener, whose sexual laments bring him to be shot by a housemaster. His first love, Chantal, disappears over Niagara, but his work in a local restaurant has left him with an enduring love of pressed meats.

Finally, his ultimate case brings him to attempt a kind of ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (donning nasal rings and an underwater mask in order to make his effort) in a last and only partly enduring bid for fame and the realisation of his genius.

It is all very fast and furious, and one is left in awe of the feat of memory which allows the script to be delivered so consistently and without – almost – any pause for reflection. It has some very funny moments and one is left almost gasping for breath by the conclusion. There is also a peculiar feeling of not quite knowing what exactly what you might just have witnessed.

By the way, ‘Witzelsucht’ is a tendency to tell inappropriate jokes, while ‘Moria’ is foolish, or silly euphoria.

Written and performed by GC Morgan. Technical operator – Daniel Lewis

reviewed 25 March 2011

(c) michael spring 2011

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