Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography | Griffin Theatre

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography | Griffin TheatreLeft – Steve Rodgers and Andrea Gibbs. Photo – Brett Boardman

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
is astonishingly good. This is some of the best theatre I’ve seen in 2014. It is excruciatingly accurate, brilliantly pointed in its portrayal of insecurity and addiction. I was utterly transfixed.

The show follows two protagonists, a man (Steve Rodgers) and a woman (Andrea Gibbs), both living lives of quiet desperation. Both are ageing, both are insecure, both are judgmental, both are afraid, and both want – want so very, very much. For him, this wanting manifests in an addiction to pornography, the quiet moments he has alone with his desire and women who will not (cannot) dismiss him. For her, it is an addiction to shopping, a desire to surround herself with things in an effort to block out her fears. Their paths intersect, and for a few brief, fleeting moments, they are able to be desperate together…

This is simply stunning theatre. It is enthralling. I was riveted for the entire seventy minutes of the play. Declan Greene’s writing is spare and intense. Not a word is wasted. His neatly balanced mixture of dialogue and diegesis tells a story that is somehow hyper-real, despite the unreliability of its narrators. The first date scene is almost agonisingly accurate. The way that we manage to, if not empathise with, at least understand characters who could be totally unlikeable is remarkable. And the final words of the play – a whimper, not a bang – are utterly heartbreaking.

Lee Lewis has done a masterful job directing what must have been a very difficult script. It is perfectly cast. Rodgers and Gibbs completely inhabit their roles. He captures the balance between the posturing and the pathetic in his character brilliantly: we understand him, even as we are repulsed by him. She is at once afraid and yearning, desperate to put herself out there and to shut herself in: we feel for her and want to fix her in turns. This is a complex piece of theatre, but in the hands of this cast and crew, it is immediately accessible.

I don’t know what more I can say about this show that isn’t just GO AND SEE IT YOU HAVE TO YOU DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW FANTASTIC IT IS. This is the kind of theatre that leaves you short of breath, because it is so, so very good. Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography is an absolute must-see.


Griffin Theatre Company presents
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
By Declan Greene

Director Lee Lewis

Venue: SBW Stables Theatre | 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross
Dates: May 2 – June 14, 2014
Tickets:  $49 – $32
Bookings: 02 9361 3817 | www.griffintheatre.com.au


Touring:
CANBERA The Street Theatre, 17 – 21 June
PERTH Perth Theatre Company, Studio Underground - State Theatre Centre of WA, 1 – 12 July



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