FRINGE – Miles Away – 3K


By Anthony Nguyen


Set with only a bicycle stand upon a cloud-paneled backdrop, Miles Away tells the story of a woman’s struggles with past demons as she travels upon a road to self-discovery in the Australian outback.

Consisting entirely of one actress, Renee Gentle plays the character Alex, who embarks upon a journey with her bike named Gus, riding the road to Alice Springs. On her long-winded trip, she encounters many different and colourful characters from the outback whose backstories display the different comedic natures of outback Australians.

Accompanied only with keyboardist, Ting Yun, Gentle solely portrays all the characters, cleverly taking on different personalities and personas through shifts in posture and accents. Acting 16 distinct characters, Gentle gives a few good laughs through notable character portrayals including Walter, a smoking pubgoer and Spog, the hilarious outback pub cook.

Though some stories told by side characters were somewhat tedious and did not serve much purpose to the main storyline, it provided the audience with a few giggles before refocusing the story on Alex.

Miles Away displays the haunting effects that one can have from a closed past, and the story comes in a full circle which leaves audience members enlightened through the character’s triumph over her emotional and physical struggles.

Remaining shows continue every night at 9pm until February 22nd at the Bakehouse Theatre, so be sure to get in before the show pedals away.


Kryztoff Rating: 3K

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