16 February 2007
The only complete play by the eccentric Portuguese modernist author Fernando Pessoa surprises by its extreme form of symbolist static theatre play – the author himself remarked that in comparison, Maeterlinck’s play would appear fleshy.
Three keepers are keeping a vigil besides the body of the fourth – through the night and into the all-erasing morning sun. The Mariner is a departure into the inner self, into deep recursions of reflections, mirrors, memories, wishful pasts and false remembrances, all in the form of dreams about truth, reality, and the self, dreams that can become truer than the world, truer than can be permitted by the Creator. This is a walk through the world of Fernando Pessoa and his created identities, where life is nothing but a dream, and a dream is often truer than reality itself.