Celebrating 25 years of making theatre
Reviewed at Tandanya on 16 February 2019
Presented by No Strings Attached
Internationally acclaimed company, and winner of Fringe awards, No Strings Attached, are presenting a showcase production this year.
Comprised of three works – Soundscape to Our Memories, Shipwreck, and Small Wondrous Things – Ignition Point gives us, not just the final product, but a glimpse of the workshop method the company uses for co-creation. This methodology has driven No Strings in its quest to develop world class, inclusive theatre, and was recently lauded at a theatre conference in Singapore. The back video screen is used to good effect in both presenting some aspects of the methodology, and in adding to the stories unfolding on the stage.
Soundscape to Our Memories features indigenous and non-indigenous performers, exploring our early memories and sounds and song. Shipwreck puts the ensemble on a deserted island together, with hilarious consequences. Small Wondrous Things tells of just that: those small, but beautiful moments and items, that make life worth living.
This production has been specifically designed to feature all of the current No Strings ensemble, as a celebration of 25 years of making theatre together. Artistic director Alirio Zavarce, has guided the work with his always gentle touch, and allowed these wonderful artists to speak authentically for themselves.
Each piece of work is a delightful mix of movement, words, music, humour and pathos. It moves along at a cracking pace, with not a dull moment or awkward beat. Some mainstream companies could learn a thing or two here!
This work almost defines what the Fringe is (or should be) about: local performers telling their stories; diversity; inclusivity; innovation; creativity; and most importantly, humanity.
Only lasting for an hour, Igntion Point is very family friendly. The performance on March 1st is almost sold out with school groups, so grab a ticket fast, if that’s your preferred time.
The pride and joy of South Australia theatre, No Strings Attached have earnt their place, and deserve all the support Adelaide audiences can muster.
You will be hard -pressed to find a Fringe production with more charm, heart and soul.
Reviewed by Tracey Korsten
Season: 23rd February and 1st March
Duration: 60 minutes