Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Poles: The Science of Magnetic Attraction

A strong performance in a difficult genre.


Presented by Amelia Pitcher
Reviewed 22 February 2022

This solo show examines the role of a young worker in the industry of sex and drugs. The monologue is expanded by Rohan Dimsey’s clever sound track delivering other voices either real or imagined that inhabit Cora’s world. She struggles with connections, clings to the meagre relationships she almost has. The writing is insightful and displays the character’s vulnerability and lack of personal skills. Cora is attracted to people, her flatmate, her best friend from school and some customers, but doesn’t know how to relate and constantly feels she is unworthy.

Written and performed by Amelia Pitcher, the character is real and bonds well with the audience. Directed by Maeve Hook on an almost empty stage, this production manages to expose serious themes and sociopolitical issues and create a connection with the audience that allows them to laugh. A strong performance in a difficult genre.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  Mainstage at the Bakehouse
Season:  22-26 Feb 2022
Duration:  60 mins
Tickets:  $25/22

Rating out of 5:4

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