X-Space, Adelaide Centre for the Arts (ACArts) [TAFE SA], Light Square
Reviewed Wednesday February 24th 2010 (See Fringe guide for dates, times, etc.)
Presented by StoneRose Productions.
http://adelaidefringe.com.au or 1300 FRINGE (374 643)
Bookings: Fringetix & Venuetix outlets
The idea behind this self-devised work is that it would be interesting to know what is going on in the minds of two people during the course of a relationship. Those two people are played by Bianka Feo and Rowan Hopkins. They are joined, respectively, by Maddy Rose and Laura Brenko, and Jordan Fraser Tremble and Nick Kennet. Each trio expresses the thoughts of each individual, both verbally and through movement.
Tina Mitchell directs the work, that was inspired by artists and art works examined during the creation of the piece, and makes excellent use of the set, a collection of black and white blocks, of various shapes and sizes, and several sets of similarly coloured steps. Her incisive direction results in an intricate interplay between the two individuals and their personified thoughts that is both aurally and visually stimulating. This complex series of interactions weaves almost hypnotic patterns of sight and sound that vary continually as the couple’s relationship changes.
We travel from the couple’s first meeting, through initial lust, developing love, complacency, boredom and finally to the break-up. In so doing there are individual and small group responses to the stages of the relationship, as well as full ensemble passages, with the energetic and enthusiastic cast displaying their understanding of the thought process behind the action. This is a rewarding evening of fresh and interesting theatre.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, GLAM Adelaide Arts Editor.