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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | The Nose | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Sometimes the truth is as plain as the nose on one’s face – and sometimes the truth is as plain as the nose running around town.

In this case, it is the latter – as a fictionalised Disney CEO who has it all, wakes up one morning to discover his nose has left. Vanished. Gone. Writer/performer James Jackson, and performers Laura Aldous and Tom Molyneux take turns at playing the man with all the power in a high-octane rush of fitness energy and caffiene-fuelled mania. They are literally all drunk on silver spoon power and none of them know quite how to react when that power is revoked. Their fast-paced switching creates a blistering trajectory that sees their characters plummeted into desperation, and eventually introspection.

The Nose is brought to Perth by The Bloomshed – a theatre group that ‘Reinvigorate classic texts through a combination of new writing and devising, they make something new by cannibalising the old.’ Adapting a classic piece of literature is all well and good, however when themes of the military and religion are terribly dated, it won’t translate well. Just as the titular nose is excised from the face, when the concept is removed from its context the pertinence of the show is lacking.

In the original story by Nikolai Gogol, it is a rather high ranking military official who loses his nose. It galls him to see the nose free and wearing clothes that out rank his own. In this rendition of The Nose it is the CEO of the Disney corporation – and while I can understand the reasoning behind this decision – I just don’t think it’s as effective as it could have been. The Bloomshed crew must decide where they are – as Australian accents and figures are intrinsic to this text – however, Disney’s arrogance would be better served with an American accent. I believe the show would be better off with the company being a thinly veiled parody of Disney from Australia.

Taking a swipe at the dreaded straight, white, cis male with all the power – The Nose sees the trio race on treadmills, futilely chase after the nose as it takes on a life of its own, tackle the church and ideas of the soul bound in late capitalism. Everything is done at a cracking pace and the trio do well to keep on track of things. Through vignettes and sketches that interconnect to portray the plight of the noseless (a literal castration at the hands of no-one but himself), The Nose challenges the entitlement of millennial culture, and boldly asks – without a key component of its lifestyle, can we progress, or are we forced to change our ways?

WHEN: 11th – 15th February 2020 | 9:30pm

WHERE: The Main Space | BLUE ROOM THEATRE

INFO: Pricing $26 | Duration 60m | Suitability M | Frequent Coarse Language, Loud Noises, Smoking, Strobe Lighting, Sexual References, Smoke Effects | THEATRE

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/the-nose-fw2020

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