Mong Yeong is an original piece of theatre performed by an accomplished South Korean company.
A moving and thought-provoking piece examining love, loss and reincarnation, this is performed mostly in Korean, with some English interjections to help explain the story (and also for dramatic effect, in some instances).
It deals with a recently-widowed woman and her grief-stricken descent into madness and desperation. The simple set and strong lighting evokes the mood excellently, with a sheet being used to denote the barrier between this life and the next. Beautiful imagery, such as white-clad hooded souls crossing the boundary into the afterlife, is used evocatively throughout and the live music accompaniment is also first class.
As the tale unfolds, the talented cast spin a touching and contemplative tale that is at times intensely moving and beautifully portrayed. With its themes of loss, religion and – ultimately – hope, this is one of the finest pieces of theatre I’ve seen at the Fringe, and would not be out of place in the Edinburgh International Festival itself.