‘Under Three Moons’ follows Michael (Kyle Rowe) and Paul (Darren Kuppan) across three decades of their lives, on three separate nights. These nights are not necessarily the major events in their lives like a wedding or a funeral, but each encounter is full of sensitivity and humour. We see these two men grow up and grow apart, highlighting that as life changes people do as well. What I found so touching was how the two men related to each other. Their lives were quite different but also so similar; their friendship felt so fragile and yet beautiful. Rowe and Kuppan portrayed these two opposites with ease and I was really rooting for their friendship.
The stripped back and delicate set contrasted the complex relationship of the two men. The beautiful lights dangling down over the actors flickered, grew brighter and then darker. They used the space well to show the passing of time and the cyclical nature of life. At times it felt like we shouldn’t be watching, as though we were intruding on them, but I think this stems from the lack of conversation around male mental health. This idea was expanded with the notion that men do bottle their feelings up and moments in their private lives that are deeply heart-breaking and destroying. Yet when there is a space for them to talk, all the hurt and confusion comes pouring out. The separation of Michael and Paul in their adult lives demonstrated this – Michael matured whereas Paul seemed to disguise all the broken parts of himself through the incline of his career. This was very poignant for me as I am slowly tip toeing into adulthood and already, I have noticed similar changes to that which Michael and Paul experienced.
I’m not quite doing it justice when I say this play is beautiful – it seems to be so much more than that. It’s opening a discussion where previously there was not one, as well as portraying all the juxtaposing parts of human nature that bring us closer together. I went to see this with a friend who is the complete opposite to me and yet like Michael and Paul there is so much that still connects us.
What I will take away from ‘Under Three Moons’ most of all is conversation. The complexity of conversation. The wonder of conversation. The love that is embedded in conversation. At a time when society feels so separated this play shows that talking to one another is still vitally important.