This show has done the rounds of the country since its creation by talented writer Caleb Lewis.
The show is set in Bowngabbie a tiny town in rural Tasmania. A one man show, it is a frame for the extraordinary talents of Bryce Youngman. He depicts Oscar, a young man who departs his small town birthplace for the “Big Smoke” city life only to be drawn back by an extraordinary coincidence of deaths and the subsequent funerals. Much to annoyance of his fiancée, Ruth, Oscar seems to be spending every other weekend in Bowengabbie attending a bizarre series of “themed” send offs.
Matters are further complicated by the fact that he is concerned for “the girl next door” Abbey. He fears she may fall into the clutches of local bachelor Gary, an odious jerk buying up the deceased estates and absorbing them into his Vision Chips fast food franchise.
The talented Youngman portrays all the characters with verve. His clever use of voices, accents and body language create completely separate characters. Direction is by Matt Edgerton. The sound effects were quite complicated and crisply perfect in their timing. James Collins is also responsible for the incidental music.
A simple but charming device was the use of vintage suitcases as props to represent coffins, headstones and also perhaps as symbols of lives so recently passed.
This reviewer was amongst a full house of delighted and responsive patrons who revelled in every twist and turn, and there were many. The writing was excellent and was very well served by the assured performance of Bryce Youngman. It is a black comedy, with a tender heart. A thoroughly enjoyable, polished evening of theatre.
Death in Bowengabbie
by Caleb Lewis
Directed by Matt Edgerton
Venue: His Majesty’s Theatre | 825 Hay St, Perth WA
Dates: 29 – 30 July 2016