Review | Brandon Taylor
The Dot is a collection of stage pieces by Perth based youth theatre group Modicum. Six shorts, originally published as video by YouTuber Mikasacus, explore the nagging questions that modern society seems determined to smother. Am I a good person? Why can’t I connect with the people I’m surrounded with? Why do I stick to the same routine every day? And what happens if I break the rules?
The audience is invited into the minds of several ‘normal’ characters as they calmly go about their daily routines. Their disjointed thoughts are relayed to us by a narrator, exposing tangled circuitry behind the expressionless faces worn on the bus, the street corner, the coffee shop queue. These droll realities are paralleled by internal monologues that go to hell in a handbasket. The contradiction is unsettling – especially when the parallel lines intersect.
Stage production leverages the close space between actors and audience in this Fringe venue. The Shambles, as it’s called, sits most of the audience in folding chairs on a level with the stage. There is no barrier between the chairs and performers. Actors in plain clothes, workaday settings, spare use of props and lines delivered directly to the audience all serve to further blur the boundary between viewers and performance; theatre and daily life. Shy theatregoers can take refuge in the wooden bleachers towards the back, but most needn’t worry – although the actors often face the audience, they don’t directly interact.
The Dot is a well-acted and intriguing production that can easily be recommended to all audiences. The only disclaimer to make is this is not a typical flashy or raunchy Fringe show. This is experimental theatre, meant to entertain with ideas as much as it does with theatrics. Come ready to listen, leave ready to ponder.
WHEN: 20 – 25 February 2018 | 9:15pm
WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge
INFO: Tickets $20 | Duration 45 mins | Suitable all ages | WA Artists | THEATRE