Higher Ground, Light Square
Reviewed Tuesday February 23rd 2010 (See Fringe guide for dates, times, etc.)
Presented by Guy Masterson’s Centre for International Theatre and Theatre Tours International.
Bookings: Fringetix & Venuetix outlets
Lynn Manning tells his own life story, based on extracts from his autobiography, under the direction of Robert Egan. He tells how he lost his sight at the age of 23 in a bar in Los Angeles when he was shot by a crazed gunman, then goes back to his childhood and upbringing and on to his life since the shooting. He takes us on his journey from an impoverished childhood, through life with an abusive step-father, the alcoholism of his mother, and finally his studies at university and a new life. As a young man he was already interested in writing, but his principal interest was in visual art. When he lost his sight, writing became his new focus.
His achievements are many. Aside from being a former Blind Judo Champion of the World he is an accomplished poet, some of his wonderful poems forming a part of this magnificent performance, playwright and actor, both on stage and television. His story is rich in evocative language, poignant, powerful and beautifully told. Manning is one of those rare individuals who remained remarkably resilient in the face of any adversity placed in his way. He seems to use every obstacle in his path as a way to climb higher towards his goals. His is an immensely inspirational story, and it is far from over.
This is a multi-award winning production that goes beyond theatrical norms and gives the feeling of having dropped in on an old friend, so intensely honest, open and revealing are the highly personal memories that he shares. You must see this production. You will leave uplifted and empowered by his generosity of spirit and profoundly glad that you saw this production.
This is yet another excellent offering from Guy Masterson’s Centre for International Theatre. Don’t waste time booking individual shows, get the season ticket for all six shows running throughout the Fringe and then you are also entitled to buy discounted tickets at the same time for the two special performances of the works of Dylan Thomas, but be quick.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, GLAM Adelaide Arts Editor.