Left – Lisa Beresford and Andy Hutchison in Uncomfortable Silences.
Blowing in from great reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, Bite-size serve us up some tasty morsels of ten-minute goodness. I received the five plays that constituted Menu 2, but you could get Menu 1 or 3, depending on the night you go. We began our experience with a wryly speculative, and in-love, Merseysider ensuring we understood that awkwardness equals victory over the soul. We then moved onto neurotic anachronists, vengeful actors, a poor old sod, and the eternal peril that 'gamers' face.
The plays are thematically united by their skilfully delivered demonstration that we humans often fail to distinguish the 'performed' aspect of our lives from our 'real' life. Or is our entire life performance, and we just fail to distinguish one performance from another? There are no real existential pits, or furrowed brows here. But the writing dances neatly around and through the issue, teasing its characters whom are never given an opportunity to sit and act serious, or genuinely assured.
The writing is clean and crisp, and the cast is deft and intelligent. They embody accents and new characters like tap-dancing chameleons. Employed at once, these two things create a skit-style show with very little filler. Each course is a little golden chicken nugget of goodness.
White Room Theatre presents
The Big Bite-Size Soiree
Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre | 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Dates: 27 Feb – 18 Mar 2012
Tickets: A $25/Con $20/Bank SA $22/FB $20/Schools $15