Left – Roger Newcome, Lyn Pike and Tim Lucas. Cover – Tim Lucas, Lyn Pike and Roger Newcombe
The Bakehouse Theatre Company's latest offering is a tour de force, enthralling from start to finish and lingering long after the final moving moments.
The Elephant Song is a psychological thriller that weaves a rich intellectual tapestry, while also proving emotionally engaging. This combination is deeply satisfying theatre. Canadian playwright Nicolas Billon has written a mystery masterpiece that twists and turns posing question after question while gradually unravelling the psychological undercurrents until the final moments of truth.
Director Peter Green has adroitly balanced the pace of this hour-long play. The play’s rhythms are finely tuned with moments of pace and tension, and then haunting suspenseful pauses. Green has used a light hand to ensure that the three-hander play is unrushed and yet still edge-of-your-seat theatre.
Each cast member is outstanding adding to the brilliance of this mystery. Roger Newcombe delivers an outstanding performance capturing the sharp mind, intellectual prowess, professionalism and underlying vulnerabilities of Dr Greenberg. Lyn Pike is also persuasive as Miss Peterson, playing an integral part in this three-hander.
However, it is Tim Lucas’s role as the mentally unstable patient Michael Aleen which is pivotal in this play and Lucas does not falter. His performance is gripping as he engages in psychological warfare with his doctor and reveals different facets of his troubled character. Patient and psychiatrist engage in a battle of the wits, which is rapier sharp, never falters and is utterly compelling.
The notes of The Elephant Song resound long after this mystery is solved.
The Bakehouse Theatre Company presents
THE ELEPHANT SONG
by Nicolas Billon
Directed by Peter Green
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, (The Studio) 255 Angas Street Adelaide
Dates: Nov 12 – 25, 2011
Tickets: Adults $20/Conc $15/ Fringe Benefits $15/ Drama and school students $10
Bookings: www.bakehousetheatre.com | 82270505