Random | State Theatre Company of SALeft – Zindzi Okenyo

A mother, a father, a daughter, a son. An ordinary family going about their ordinary day. Within minutes though, a random act of violence changes everything.

Debbie Tucker Green’s script is beautifully written. We all know the characters that she has created; we can see ourselves in them. It is a reassuring familiarity that is broken only by the devastating conflict that occurs. Though, in an age when news is a torrent of violence, even that is far too familiar.

With such a light-hearted opening, there could have been some doubt that the inevitable conflict and its aftermath would be poorly treated. “You can’t pretty what’s horrific; you’re not supposed to” claims one character, and the same is true of Tucker Green’s script. It is raw and emotionally draining, the imperfections of humanity laid bare for all to see.

Random’s technical design capitalises on the proximity between audience and performer. With the clever use of light, the subtle sound and a welcoming set, the audience is no longer an onlooker but a member of the family. It makes for a captivating and uncomfortable experience.

Each of the four characters is embodied by Zindzi Okenyo. The opening scenes are a little confusing, but each character unfolds with ease. Okenyo seamlessly delivers the fractured dialogue, capturing the contrast between personal traits, gestures and speech. It is a performance that is deeply moving.

State Theatre Company in association with the Come Out Festival presents
by debbie tucker green

Director Nescha Jelk

Venue: Space Theatre
Dates: 27 May – 1 Jun, 2013
Info: www.statetheatrecompany.com.au

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