As the title suggests, this is a story about loss. It begins with relative familiar territory, the loss of a grandparent, and slowly develops into portraying Aboriginal cultural loss and reconciliation, less familiar territory. The most positive thing about this play is that it doesn’t point any fingers, or make the audience feel under attack. Rather it aims to send a message and educate us so that we can attempt to understand.
The play is performed entirely by Lisa Flanagan, who does a stellar job. I felt an instant liking towards her walking to my seat as she sat on the edge of the stage smiling warmly as the theatre slowly filled. An introduction to the show by her Aunt made us feel surrounded by family, as if we were guests sitting around her kitchen table, privileged to be hearing such personal tales.
A minimalist stage and few props ensured that focus was not taken away from the dialogue. Projected images on a black cloth screen showed black and white photographs of the deceased, mirrored by family photos kept safely away in a briefcase. Soft, orange sand was used to great effect. Photographs were projected on the sand as it fell from the hands of Lisa, creating a rippling effect of the image. A simple yet visually striking effect.
Written by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, two of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre artists, this show promises an evening of good story telling told first hand.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K
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