‘Terminus’ _ A Poster for a Play
Here’s a poster for a play I’m in; the wonderful ‘Terminus’, a masterpiece by Mark O’Rowe (Intermission, Howie The Rookie)
The symbol depicted is called the ‘Valknut’, a modern day name for a Viking/Norse Symbol consisting of three interconnected triangles, that “is thought to symbolize the power of the god to bind and unbind, mentioned in the poems and elsewhere. Odin had the power to lay bonds upon the mind, so that men became helpless in battle, and he could also loosen the tensions of fear and strain by his gifts of battle-madness, intoxication, and inspiration.”
Along with the strong numerical meaning, it is also thought to symbolise the afterlife and immortality, possibly of slain warriors.
The three characters in Terminus are bound as their ill-fated journeys are intertwined, and joined along the way by their souls, angels and demons. Mythical and fantastical connotations come to mind.
The doomed amber colour scheme for the poster was born out an instant mutual agreement with the director Lisa Carroll; presumably originating from the hinted tones in the text (the glow of a city, traffic lights, honey flavoured Lockets, construction sites…)
On a side note, the German National Football team use a variation of the Valknut symbol (sideways) on their crest…and I have no idea why.