I walked out of the opening night performance of There feeling as though I’d been served up the theater critic’s version of a waking nightmare. I’d just seen a fantastic show – engaging, playful, beautifully resolved - but was left with the distinct impression that there was absolutely nothing I could say about it without ruining the mystery.

So, since the element of surprise is absolutely essential for anyone thinking about catching the show, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

Devised by Melbourne-based production company Elbow Room, There came into being as a response to the particular kind of terror that can only occur under performance conditions. Elbow Room members Marcel Dorney (Director), Neal Harvey, Emily Tomlins and Angus Grant wanted to explore what it is that brings the terror to life and share that experience with the audience in a way that would challenge their expectations.

Emily Tomlins (Urban Dingoes, The Woman Before) and Angus Grant (Venus in Furs) are absolutely fantastic. They are totally at ease with the material and it shows. This is a fast, intense show, constantly changing in pace and tone – Tomlins and Grant stay ahead of the game and are by turns hilarious, moving and confronting.

Rather than being a theatrical creation There follows the act of creation itself – from birth and the blossoming of self-realization to death. Don’t come expecting any cohesive narrative – but don’t let that put you off either. If you want a great night of theatre you’re still going to get it and then some.

There is a show you’re going to want to tell your friends about. Only you might not be able to tell them why it’s so great. So one word will suffice – go!

Brisbane Festival 2009 and Brisbane Powerhouse in association with Strut & Fret present
by Elbow Room

Venue: Visy Theatre
Dates: Tue 15 – Sat 19 September 2009
Times: Tue – Fri 8pm, Sat 6pm
Tickets: $25(f), $20(c)
Bookings: 07 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org

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