Developed from a show from WAAPA’s 2019 ‘TILT’ season, 3º is a contemplative collage of puppetry, contemporary physical theatre and object performance. Aside from some fleeting moments of live singing, the performers are silent throughout, allowing their props to do the talking.
In only 30 minutes, you are pulled away from the hustle and bustle of modern life to experience life as a nomad, wandering through a future torn by climate change. As sirens ring and glaciers crack, you are whisked away from the rising ocean to the melting tundra, and then to the flame-eaten forest; first-world luxuries becoming naught but a distant memory, left firmly within the opening act.
While not without its issues – the show feeling almost ‘stitched together’ at times due to pacing issues and some disjointed transitions – the performers make wonderful use of their limited space as well their props, with no part of the set going unused. Props are flown above the audience, set pieces are adapted to set the stage for shadows, and the body puppet who acts as the central character is beautifully brought to life; jumping in puddles and childishly kicking around abandoned papers. The sound and lighting which, though overpowering at times, has also clearly been designed to enhance the mood and message of the performance.
3º is a show of passion. The effects of climate change are felt strongly throughout Australia and the world, and in the chaos it can be difficult to predict what the future will bring. This performance has great potential and, with some further development, I believe it can fully capture that feeling of oncoming tragedy.
But for now, if you’re looking for an escape from the more bombastic side of FRINGE, then head on down to the Mess Hall and grab yourself a front-row seat!