A 22nd century zany space odyssey.
Presented by Cackling Jackal
Reviewed 18th March 2021
A spaceship hurtling haphazardly into the abyss of outer space is the backdrop for this vibrant fast-paced comedic romp. The crew of this ill-fated vessel are six personalities, helmed by its hapless Captain, Mike Haptain with the other members including a script-writer, a magician, twins (correction: siblings) and his right-hand robot.
When they discover they must reach out for other alien life to survive, and oxygen is of limited supply, the crew begin to weave tales in order to comfort, enlighten, or to simply divert attention from their impending doom.
Writing duo Kyron Weetra and Josh Mensch packed The End is High-Concept with fun and playful aspects with stories that take you god-knows-where throughout. From the woes of a Comi-D robot to a retro wife simulator, the audience had no clue as to what to expect, as it took unpredictable turns.
The play incorporated handmade, crude props and backdrops, with motion-capture 3D animation as a surprising element. The lighting was also a powerful and effective aspect, taking you into these unique and equally random accounts.
As the captain comes to grip with his ego throughout the perilous story arc, the morals from these stories begin to sink in. The punchy quips shared by the crew begin to melt as they realise the importance of their bond in order to overcome their fate. The self-aware and out-of-left-field zaniness is what makes The End is High Concept a rollicking comedy.
Reviewed by Milly Farmer
Venue: Ngunyawayiti Theatre at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Season: Mar 18 – Mar 21
Duration: 1 hour
Rating out of 5: 4