This is a review from the 2018 season. This show is returning in 2019.
For any actor, remembering and performing the lines of a character is a tricky feat only some accomplish well. And then there’s the unparalleled 4x4x4 with four shows across four weeks.
Pool (no water) explores the idea of friendship and success; it enters the minds of tortured artists and spiteful personalities. Showcasing the talents of The Actor’s Hub graduating alum Nicholas Allen, Adam Droppert, Andrew Dunstan and Christian Tomaszewski, and directed by Amanda Crewes this group has captured perfectly what it means to be bound by friendship.
The four-sided stage, representing different sides to the story and the numerous deviously charismatic personalities, creates an open space for interpretation and the opportunity to observe your fellow audience members’ reactions.
It echoes that of Shakespeare’s work, with hidden insecurities externalising as confrontations between conflicted minds. It’s about blame and where to lay it, to whom it belongs to, and what they deserve as a consequence. The writing is phenomenal and the acting emphatic, each palpable line delivered with equal parts heart and malice, as these characters inhabit the bodies of their host for the evening. It’s incredible to witness, truly an epic wonder.
The dialogue is skilfully written in the past tense, with the characters retelling the night that filled them with a cacophony of mutual guilt and secrets, when all it should have been was a joyous reunion of friends. A mix of movement, sound, fluorescent lighting and a curious intonation from four men cleverly portray the omniscient experience.
The highlight of the powerful performance being Dunstan’s lip-syncing of Sally’s hateful monologue, which was dictated masterfully by the other three in a round robin style. Keep an eye out for the sneaky snide comments and slight gestures to undermine and keep the weaker characters in check and tight-lipped. It’s in these small moments that we really comprehend the art of theatre as more than just an hour of performance.
If you want electrifying, humourous theatre, head to East Perth for more by 4x4x4. If possible, I hope you are fortunate enough to see every production from this group of remarkably talented young people.