16:15 Cinderella (circus) @ Rose Main House
Albert & Friend Instant Circus presents its modern take on the classic fairy tale. Who will win the heart of the handsome Prince Charming?
18:00 The People’s Champion @ Ram Jam Club
A special additional performance of this one man show from CAB Productions, revealing the many sides of a flawed genius, Alex Higgins.
19:00 The Girl On The Platform @ Rose Studio.
A full-face mask show based on the memories of Brenda Norfiled, an East End girl who was evacuated at the onset of the blitz.
Tomorrow is the last day of IYAF 2013, and here are a few recommendations in brief: 14:15 The Brass Kats, K-Town market stage; 16:00 The Daily Fail! The Musical, ACT Main House; 16:30 IYAF GRAND FINALE at Eagle Brewery Wharf – (circus, music and more).
As the festival nears its end for 2013 I manage to grab a few moments with Artistic Director of Creative Youth, Aniela Zaba, before she has to get back to work.
Cell is a wonderful display of puppetry and kinetic set design brought to you by Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower, two Creative Talent companies. The play is a very abnormal in the sense that it revolves around living with motor neuron disease, the same disease Stephen Hawking has. It affects the cells that control movement, talking and swallowing among other things. The disease gets progressively worse, at first limiting movement, and then stopping it entirely, and this play tells the story of what a man does in the period of time when he still has the ability to move.
The show progresses relatively slowly, with nothing majorly surprising or quickly happening. However this is compensated by the amazing control the actors have in manoeuvring the puppet, taking very small details such as putting on glasses, straightening out a newspaper and sound effects to a whole new level. The show was also fairly silent – what would be said was physically enacted by puppets using shadows in the background of the stage, making a huge emphasis on movement rather than dialogue, which later on contrasted the lack of movement after motor neuron disease takes full effect.
The overall message of the show was to make the most of life while you have the ability to do so. The puppet created so many nice memories, finding love and enjoying a holiday across Europe, all of which give him warm memories to think about when he’s having a bad day with MND.
Written By: Imran Dewji
Letter To The Man (From The Boy) is a unique show with a strange but interesting concept of writing a letter to your future self in order to preserve the memories of who we once were. The performance is by Henry Raby, who goes through a series of comical yet intricate poems about his life, progressing from childhood to teenage years and going through topics such as school life and underage drinking. He then takes the audience with him, getting them involved in writing their very own letter to their future self with the provided pen, paper and envelope.
Throughout Raby’s poetic streak of memories, the audience are compelled to think of their own memories that grow in importance as they become more recent. It gives an almost awkward atmosphere at first when people start to share their memories but it soon became a really open and casual feeling as Raby’s honest but shy personality brings out the honesty of the audience.
Though this show has a lot of emphasis on the teenage years, making it difficult for the younger audience to relate to, Raby does a fantastic job of introducing the mystery box – a box that had various universal questions that you would ask your future self. This kept the show alive and kept the younger audience involved too.
The performance ends with our letters completed and placed in envelopes for our future self to open in a day, a week, or even years later and leaves us to think. How much will we change in the future? How much will we forget?
Written By: Imran Dewji