Festival Review: The Events

Festival Review: The Events

The premise for this production is very relevant: unexplained acts of violence and the destruction they leave behind.

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Presented by State Theatre Company, Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The premise for this production is very relevant: unexplained acts of violence and the destruction they leave behind. The main character is an Anglican Minister with a strong community focus who is trying to cope with the devastating loss of many members of her choir and her own brush with death. This young man with a gun has killed several of her choir.

Catherine McClements is totally believable as the story jumps from one spot to another and we get to examine how she works through her anger and confusion with the facts, and the young man who is responsible. Johnny Carr struggles to play all the other characters in this story, the young man, the Minister’s lesbian partner, the therapist, the reporter and so on. Carr gives a good performance as the young man, but his switch to other characters becomes confusing and the audience is not always sure which character they are viewing.

The setting is good, a choir rehearsal room. The changes of location are enhanced by Geoff Cobham’s excellent lighting design. Director, Claire Watson, has used the space well and uses the choir to good effect to enhance the scenes and the moods. The opening is a choir rehearsal that the young man arrives at. The production is using a different Adelaide community choir for each performance; the Aurora Choir aided this performance.

David Grieg is an acclaimed writer, but I don’t believe I have seen any of his work previously and I find this effort confusing. The situation presented does cause the viewer to think in depth about the aftermath of the many events that make the news and which we so rarely look under the surface of, but I found it ultimately unsatisfying.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @Franeds

Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre Grote St Adelaide
Season: 25 Feb – 5 March
Duration: 70 mins
Tickets: $32 – $72
Bookings: Book through http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/

 

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