It’s always been better when the lights go out and ‘LaLaLuna’
, playing at the Everest Theatre at the Seymour Centre is no exception.
This wonderful theatrical piece of mime and mayhem is enchanting.
Possibly devised by Wolfe Bowart
for children of younger years it is a special delight for children over thirty.
In fact while the younger ones in the audience were for the most part mesmerised the older ones were in stitches.
Mime is one of the most magical of the performing arts.
In mime you can take an audience anywhere you wish at the drop of a hat or anything else you might care to let fall and Bowart
is a master of his craft.
There is a lot of Cirque du Soleil in this joyous production, possibly understandably as Bowart
studied with Denis Lacombe
of that illustrious performing group along with others.
It is the craft that Chaplin
popularised and Bowart
is a worthy exponent.
is the lighthouse keeper of the orb in the sky that very early on
sputters and goes out leaving lovers without their time honoured
illumination and the tides without their guide.
From then on we are treated to the gambols of this irreverent clown in his attempts to get it relit.
It is an athletic performance as mime perforce must be even if it is just a matter of standing still.
Agility and timing is everything.
comedy never stops and the audience is engaged from the first threat of
mouthwash being dumped on some unsuspecting patron to the final
abounds in a myriad of symbols heaped much as his suitcases are, one on
top of the other until you are not sure how to balance them all.
is not a word that finds its way into any part of this story as stools
take wings, paper bags pop brooms and ribbons are disgorged in endless
measure and the stuffed rabbit does what rabbits are required to do,
interacts with his audience at every possible opportunity whether in
the running gag of his innocent infatuation with some fortunate woman
in the front row to the stains of ‘I Just Wanna be Loved by You’
to the recital of ‘Piece for Ukulele and … wind instrument’
Never has the woopee cushion been so embraced nor his adventitious co star had such fun playing them.
all such celebrations however there are moments of rare insight as the
chicken tries to press the right button on its toaster bride or when Bowart
leaves himself asleep while he explores the inside of the balloon as a surrogate for his lunar landing.
in an inspired piece of deftly choreographed interaction with himself
on screen he discovers how to exchange the real with the imaginary.
reignites the burnt out orb but not before the theatre has come
strangely alive with moon balloons bouncing around the auditorium
provoking near pandemonium.
Through it all however Bowart
is the master of ceremonies and there is never a lapse, not a stray move.
Every breath, it seems, is within the control of a clear and very precise physicalised expression of a magical imagination.
piece more than most the delight is in the distraction from the task at
hand, the journey and its infinite number of byways is everything.
his audience may occasionally be reminded that it is the moon that is
the subject of this wayward reverie they discover on more than one
occasion that they are as much the object of interest for this keeper
of the night.
He is determined that all his charges will be recharged before he retires from the stage.
Well, Mr Bowart
, thanks to you we were.
The season at the Seymour gathers pace from the resounding success of the darkly moving ‘The Hatpin’
it follows with this delightfully boisterous and at time quite wistful
comedic romp through a realm outside both time and space.
Andrew McKinnon Presentations and the Seymour Centre proudly present
by Wolfe Bowart
Everest Theatre | Seymour Centre (cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale)
11 – 26 April 2008
Half Moon Performance Full Moon Evening Show
Suitable for children 5-10 years Suitable for families
15,16,21,22 10.30am 11,12,17,18,19,23,24,26 8pm
15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 1pm 12,19,26 April 2pm
*Adults $24; Concession $16 *Adults $45; Concession $38
*booking fees may apply
(02) 9351 7940 | www.seymourcentre.com.au
More info: www.LaLaLuna.com