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Review: Yuri Wells – Hayloft Project

Tucked away in a freight container at the back of the Garden, this alluring show packs some hidden punches, or perhaps not so hidden if you read the show blurb.

I hadn’t. All I had was a recommendation and some odd mumblings about an aged care nurse. Indeed Yuri Wells the title character in this one man show is an aged care nurse, he has a good relationship with his boss, and finds it difficult when his patients die. He also kidnapps a girl and puts her in a chest.

This delicate beautiful work of theatre is oddly easy going. Yuri Wells is so likeable and performed so winningly that despite the horror of this situation there is still a lot of love in the room.

It is this odd love that is most unsettling. And also why I applaud this work.

Recommended for those that like challenging and beautiful work.

Show watched 12th March 2010. Playing through the Adelaide Fringe.

Review: The Event

Part lecture, part performance, part event this monologue on communication is both an ironic meta-narrative on theatre and intimacy, and an off beat farce of our own mundanity.

The man in the light is a stage actor, he says as much. Our willingness to believe this and everything else he says just because he is the man in the light becomes the text for the next hour. And indeed it is a humourous text at times litered with theatrical in jokes.

The real interest is in the sub-text. The creators are challenging our understanding of what can constitute a play. Indeed challenging other artists to use dramatic conventions to explore non-dramatic forms. The strength of the argument resting on the success of the play.

But was it a play? Sure, we were told as much by the man in the in the light.

Recommend for theatre audiences.

Show watched 11th March 2010.

Review: The Hamlet Apocalypse – Danger Ensemble

Part physical theatre part meditation on mortality, this unique production contrasts the actors own mortality with the themes of death and loss found in Hamlet.

Using a countdown we understand that the end of the world is approaching and willing or otherwise this set of six physical theatre performers find themselves playing Hamlet.

It certainly helps to know Hamlet as the scenes whip by in raid procession. Personally I liked this, it’s a part of the joy of watching good physical theatre performers strut their stuff.

And indeed it is these self aware intensely honest performances that really grab you in this production. I’m not entirely sure they have managed to add anything great to the cannon of Hamlet, yet this original concept is entirely praiseworthy as much for where they succeeded as they didn’t. This is one of those rare exceptions in the fringe, where despite limited resources this small theatre troupe have created art from performance.

Recommended for those that know Hamlet, or have enjoyed physical theatre.

Show watched 10th March 2010. Playing through the Adelaide fringe.