Right from the get-go, Fish in the Sea was out to take the piss. Aptly named Bastard Theatre created this work for The Fringe Festival and it was such a good fit. Although we managed to extract a fleck of useful relationship advice (courtesy of The Spirit of Reggae); for the most part, you don’t have to think about this script, just sit back and bask in the ridiculousness and hilarity.
Judging by the mobile phone and costumes, I think it was set in the 90s, although the setting isn’t that relevant. Really it’s just your typical story: Boy meets girl, boy pretends to have girlfriend to make girl jealous, boy’s pretend girlfriend is a total bunny boiler so boy and girl run away together, boy gets mauled by crocodile! Don’t ask, just laugh!
While Buckle and Van Wyk stuck to one character each, Nick Pages-Oliver stole the show by taking on 5, with the costume changes and consistency getting more and more haphazard (by design) as the show went on.
Featuring a live band, (Joe Powell and Jarrad Van Dort), there are a bunch of catchy (and not-so-catchy) songs smattered throughout. Van Wyk had a sensational voice and Pages-Oliver also held his own in the vocal department. Buckle got away with having frightful pitch because he carried himself so confidently it became something of a quirk for his character.
I rate the acting above average for Fringe standards, which is no surprise given that Director Damon Lockwood is an acting powerhouse himself.
Presented by The Blue Room Summer Nights and Bastard Theatre Company, the show moves to Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den at The Brisbane Hotel from 4th Feb.
You might come out of it feeling like you have been slapped in the face with a wet fish, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Bastard Theatre presents
Fish in the Sea
by Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver, with contributions from Kathy Shields
Directed by Damon Lockwood
Venue: Blue Room Theatre | 53 James Street, Northbridge WA
Dates: 23 - 25 January, 2015