Road Trip review by David Casey
Seen 9th May
Performance season from 9th to 10th of May, at Seven Hills Hub, 28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills
Big Fork Theatre, Anywhere Festival veterans and weekly performers at Paddington substation, opened my Anywhere Festival with a highly impressive 45-minute improvised show based on a single audience prompt – a place you would stop on a road trip.
The group’s experience, wit, and collaborative talent shine through with clear structures in place to allow each performer to have their time in the spotlight and support one another without ever crowding the scene. Only at the beginning and the end were all five characters involved, so it was easy to familiarize with each character, even as they were being constructed before your eyes. My personal props to Ritwik, who became the stressed and bewildered father of this mad assembly of characters, and managed to generate some genuinely heartwarming moments and relatable family tensions.
As this is Anywhere Festival, the venue is often as important as the show itself, and in Road Trip we are sat in comfortable camping chairs on the grass out front of Seven Hills Hub, with a single car parked in the performance space which the gang perform in, on and around. Brisbane’s sudden decision to lurch out of summer heat means wear a jacket! It’s cold out there. There is an unfortunate flight path directly above the venue, however the cast were mostly able to project through the combined roar of plane engines and lack of conventional acoustics.
If you couldn’t make it to tonight’s performance, check out Big Fork Theatre at their website http://www.bigforktheatre.com/ for information about their weekly performances. They are also performing a second show in the festival, called Dinner with Friends, on the 18th and 19th.
For those with young children, there was some cursing as well as drug and sexual references throughout the performance, so be aware of that possibility when making your purchase.