Because there was no programme or media release for Elegy, I cannot name the Actors, Director or Scriptwriter for this production. However I think, at this point, that’s a good thing because the show was quite drastically underdone.
The three young actors (one male, two female) did show a lot of potential but they were very poorly directed and the script wasn’t much help in creating a natural situation for them to work within.
The story was leaked to us a morsel at a time and the secretive sub text was not so subtly guarded. As we trudged through watching three teenagers (Daisy, Luke and Greta) trying to assuage themselves of the guilt they felt after a friend committed suicide at her own party, they take turns to apportion blame to the others.
Elegy claims to “examine the divide between who we are and who we appear to be”. But, like the other claims it makes in the Fringe world brochure, it falls short this time. I feel it needs more dramaturgy, more authenticity to really captivate audiences and give them pause to think about the themes.
The shows that are not doing so well at Fringe this year are the dramatic theatre pieces, particularly the ones that have an early show time. The tiny audience of 8 people for Elegy, (half of which I suspect were family and friends) did not make the job any easier for the actors. Even the very well written and created shows are getting small audience numbers.
The crowds are flocking to Fringe this year but they are generally looking for spectacle, suspense and humour. A much smaller proportion of the public will choose a 5.45pm dramatic theatre piece after a long day at work.
leftofcentre theatre collective presents
Venue: Black Flamingo | The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 16 – 22 Feb 2015