Presented by Phi Theodoros
Reviewed 9 June 2018
Finding Me Volume II is the latest creation from Adelaide artists Phi Theodoros and James Dean. They foster a safe space, as audience members are warmly greeted and offered cookies before the show
It is a staged support group, with stories of transformation and acceptance taken from real life, and all participants performed by Theodoros. She assumes each character seamlessly, giving every heartfelt monologue the respect it deserves. Her performances are distinct and emotive. In this production, her characters include Dr Grace Webb, a strong female medical professional; Brad, an addict whose recovery inspires the entire audience; Bryan, who is brought back to life by transvestism; Billie, who refuses to conform to cultural expectations as she travels the world instead of settling down with a nuclear family.
None of Theodoros’ characters are particularly scandalous – rather, they are simply other. They choose walks of life that most of us never experience. Within the supportive atmosphere of Finding Me Volume II, Theodoros allows us to explore their lives free of judgement.
Each character is brought to life with an original song or musical piece, performed by Theodoros and The Tainted Saints. James Dean on keyboard, Troy Benson on drums, and Marduk Gault on guitar.
Attend a session of Finding Me Volume II with an open mind and heart, and you will not be disappointed. It is an opportunity to enjoy local theatre and learn something about your fellow human beings.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 4
Venue: Raj House
Season: 7th – 23rd June
Duration: 3 Hours
Tickets: $20.00 – $25.00