Massive props to The Visit, I just got home from it and have to say it was a a brilliant trip from start to end. The theatrical equivelant of an early 80's post punk record, all social dissolusionment, excellent design, cool experimental wierd stuff and twitchy, disorienting pacing. It's the best show I've seen from a major WA theatre company, youth or otherwise, in Perth for aaaaages.
The acting is a combination of detailed, committed characterisations and heavily stylised movement. All the performances are full of well made, intriguing choices and there is not a weak link present onstage. In fact, the only flaw I could spot in the whole production was that the otherwise ensemble cast didn't take their bows simultaneously and all applauded the two leads - who, while doing an fine job, were more focus characters than "lead actors". That and it would have been nice if one of my fellow audience members had got up onstage and knocked out the citizens of the town the play is set in, thereby saving the protagonist from his fate. But maybe that's a better thought than reality.
The design was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool. A scratchy, lo-fi live video feed was projected on two screens behind the stage, which would usually be a little distracting, but it was used as a way to magnify and recontextualise the action on stage and added enormously to the feeling of the final scene. The sound design was also very well thought, with echoing bassy hits enhancing some of the physical bombshells the actors dropped on stage.
I can't reccomend getting along to see this production enough. The images and tragedy of the piece will stick with me for a long time and I was never once bored during its 2 1/2 hours (I think it was that long, anyway). Tickets aren't that expensive either, so git yo' ass down there.
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