26 January 2016
What happens when a lift stops and the lights go out? A haphazard group of people gets stuck in a claustrophobic confined space and is forced to establish close contact. This (in)tense situation contains all the elements of a dramatic plot which intensifies and gets further complicated with every ensuing scene in this precisely structured dramatic dispositive. These are the questions it poses: Who is who? What is s/he like? Who is the ghost? Who is Gogi? Who is the thief? Who is the murderer? Who is the doctor? Who is dreaming? Who is insane?
In his play A Lift, Peter Semolič, poet and translator, deals with one’s true identity and nature that is revealed when people are forced to discard their masks of politeness. He also enquires the psychopathology of interpersonal relations, the anxieties and frustrations hidden in people, and, above all, the darkness in the human soul that gets exposed only in extreme life situations.