Reviewed Saturday February 27th 2010 (continues until March 13th)
Presented by CO2
Venue: Iris Cinema, Lion Arts Centre Cnr North Tce and Morphett Street Adelaide
Season: February 24-28 & March 1, 3-8 & 10-13 at 7pm
Tickets: $15-$20 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
Jimmy Dalton’s inane script is as out of focus as most holiday snaps, but that’s not to say this relatively quirky travelogue doesn’t have its moments.
Jackie is a mouse of a girl on a big adventure, travelling abroad alone after her best friend decides to stay at home. Along the way, she meets fellow travellers Flick and Chris, and the trio embark on an eccentric quest for a backpacker’s nirvana. Far from a Contiki tour, the heroes face werewolf curses, romance, murder, homelessness and the odd dance party as they meander through the great unknown.
Stephanie Iredale, Emily Morrison and Julian Dibley-Hall each play multiple characters, and smoothly slip between them with great skill. In moments of excitement however, they each need to watch their diction.
Director Max Rapley puts the venue’s small cinema screen to use with a backdrop of various landscapes, while onstage the cast manipulate three black blocks for height, and incorporate a number of hand props.
The idiosyncratic evolution of the plot is not to all tastes, and the abundant energy of the cast only adds to the bemusement of the dreamscape. But like the travellers in the play, for some punters it will be worth taking the risk.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide Arts Critic