Presented by Lama Theatre Company
Reviewed 1 March 2017
The Places You’ll Go is a unique Fringe experience that uses the story of two postman looking for something “missing” to explore themes of greed, success and power. The cast utilise rhyme, colour and synchronised movement to represent these concepts. As with most Fringe shows of this type, this exploration will not be for everybody but it definitely leaves lingering questions in the minds of its fans.
As the two postmen, Tom Halls and Sean Rees both perform strongly with excellent chemistry. Halls definitely displays a greater complexity to his part but Rees’ performance strengthens as the show goes on. Playing several other characters, Grace Lowry and Alex Roe also do well but some of their characters are stronger than others. Lowry and Roe have fantastic rapport during their scenes together notably involving them as a married couple. As Cloud, Lowry utilises voice and physical movement well to portray the character. Roe’s Man In Suit is amusing in its Jim Carrey-esque mannerisms but his energy seems to dissipate the longer the character is on stage.
As well as being the play’s writer, Hila Ben Gera appears as a Woman In A Hurry. Her role in the show was intriguing at first but as she became more interwoven with the stories of others, her monologues slowly became overt and unnecessary. Her writing is engaging and very heavy on themes with very little being said outright. This production raises many questions and would make a good platform for discussion.
Cassandra Fumi has directed her cast well with very tight moments of synchronised movement. With physical actions like thi,s one step wrong can be incredibly obvious but the cast was clearly well drilled. This movement definitely matched the overall mood of the piece and added an extra layer of engagement when the dialogue began to slow.
This show is not like others and will conjur up very different responses amongst audience members. Although the pacing does drag in its final ten minutes, this show is one to try out for adventurous theatre folk.
Reviewed by Nathan Quadrio
Rating out of 5: 4
Venue: Adelaide Town Hall
Season: March 1st – March 17th
Duration: 60 mintues
Tickets: $10 – $25