Review | Amanda Lancaster & Peter Spence
Tucked away in a house at the bottom of a hill, electronic beats pulse through a party as we watch a kaleidoscope of moments of change.
Pulse, throb, pulse, throb.
Beating as if in time and tempo with the audience’s collective heart beats and breaths.
Calm at first then steadily rising in rapid waves.
Pulse, pulse, throb, throb, pulse, pulse, throb, throb.
Is this how it feels? To be eaten alive, as if by crocodiles? Dragged under, fighting for breath, darkness looming, is this what lies in the shadows, in the depths, in the unseen spaces? Is any space safe anymore? Internally? Externally?
Is there something wrong with us? Why are we like this? why is the world like this?
Pulse, pulse, pulse, throb, throb, throb, thud, thud, thud.
And one beautifully put into metaphorical prose on the set of The Blue Room Theatre‘s stage in this not to be missed show, Love Letters to the Revolution.
Let audiences be warned from the get go, that while this is very much a trigger warning show touching on a variety of important and often overlooked and unpalatable issues those in it face at the present moment in time. However don’t let that put you off as this show is more importantly deeply laced with the utmost respect and sensitivity.
Viva la revolution!
Love letters to the Revolution is an important and entertaining performance, whilst being engaging and relatable in many ways. An upbeat and fun performance which brings some heavy topics to confronting light, accessibility, disability, drug culture, reclamation, racial injustice, abuse, identity loss, climate change, caber culture, mental health, sexual assault and more.
A stunning works by Sian Murphy, who has proven a worthy winner of the WA Emerging Artist Award, it’s performed in a series of bite sized able to swallow scenes, as if extracts from a reality show without the tactlessness. We see a small group of five amazing performers take on the ideologies behind what the world is beginning to normalize and probably shouldn’t.
Both scene and character play out carefully and with skill to subtlety bring notice to underlying struggles and outright atrocities humans deem part of day to day practices and behaviors. Each scene is its own, yet set within a party where so many of the situations faced are individually addressed and explored. An ensemble of talent, portraying characters who we can each place in our own world, Marlanie Haerewa, Jono Battista, Elisa Williams, Stephanie Somerville and James McMillan provide us with the sense of the world we already know and would love to change.
From the powerful metaphor of the opening monologue, the tone is set and left to linger throughout, personified by the figure in the corner of the room throughout the whole piece. Stephanie Somerville’s portrayal of her greatest fear, giving an intense and powerful account of how the fear of why a crocodile attack is so and draining just to even think about, and making it an obvious metaphor for the things we each fear and what drags us all down. Whether it be the things that seem small scale in the grand scheme of things such as cutting your hair to the pressures of answering that damn message, we all feel the pressure of the social constructs which can lead to things like peer pressure and conformity. The party is fun and the electronic music continues throughout, with a peek into the situations which affect the characters lives.
A revolution has begun, albeit slowly, to bring us into a new world where we realize the effects of grief, ptsd, society, addiction, social conformity, social culture, parental roles, and disability. Change needs to come about and this is where it is, now is when it starts. Love Letters to the Revolution is an open love letter to the idea of revolting against the oppressive forces and social constructs placed upon us, normalization of occurrences creating trauma. It’s a call to stand up and fight for this and future eras to fight what you can’t seem to escape, and that we are born into and are a part of without our choice. We don’t have to put up with it, we CAN stand up and fight for what we believe to be right.
Its about accountability , responsibility, and the fight to instill ideas of prevention over falsified sympathetic acts of consolation.its about acting before its too late. For standing up and revolting against that which we know we don’t want to live with internally or externally anymore.
The audience can breathe again, unaware they have even been holding it,
Heart beats at a rapid tempo, but no longer being on edge of the uncertain and uncomfortable. Now it is the steadfast growing thrum of questioning and thought provoked minds.
Pulse, throb, pulse, throb, pulse throb
The party slows, the music fades, the glittering glowing thrumming facade of it all comes crashing down to reveal all is not as it seems, but all is ok….the revolution is here.
Love Letters to the Revolution is playing at The Blue Room Theatre until 23rd October 2021. Get your tickets HERE