[20060053] 2connect


No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability @ Higher Ground

11:30am, Thu 9 Mar 2006

No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability is a theatre group targeted at providing performers with a disability with an avenue to pursue their art; 2connect is an example of that, pairing up members of No Strings Attached with other members of South Australia’s arts community to produce four original theatre duets. The results were varied, but always thought provoking.

After a great reception from Steve Goldsmith (that’s the closest I’ve ever been to live didgeridoo), we were led into the old IMAX theatre for The Ride of Babs and Sunny – an enchanting tale of friendship, accessorised with video and The Ride of the Valkyries. Back out to the foyer for Alice’s Cat, a light-hearted caberet-ish expose of the bipolar nature of being a public servant.

Upstairs we then trekked to the old IMAX projection room (it’s HUGE!) and the highlight of the event, Trapped. Convincingly played, claustrophobic, and equal parts wit and drama, this was a fantastic piece of work – kudos to Kym Mackenzie and Alirio Zavarce. Finally, back to the main theatre for Lionheart, a three-act dance piece with clever projected visuals.

Whilst this isn’t the most polished or complex production in the Fringe, it’s obvious that all performers involved gained a great deal from the experience. More power to ’em, I say.

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