Kravgi: A Sci-Fi Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
Kravgi follows the disjointed space adventures of intergalactic linguist Anthony Tennant (a character who is an obvious homage to the tenth Doctor Who) and Al.
The lead actor was energetic, expressive and very entertaining with the materials given.
Similar to the premise of the popular 1980s and 1990s, Choose Your Own Adventure books; Kravgi’s narrative (and protagonist) depends on a solo audience member.
After a slow burning introduction, which the audience saw twice, the volunteer is given a choice of three planets to explore. Planet A is abandoned, Planet B is primitive with holes and Planet C is living and hot. The story is stretched that none of the planets have names but generic descriptions. During the performance I attended, Planets B and C were selected.
The cephalopoda antagonists were genuinely hilarious. Whether it was the sounds made or the projected videos; alien scenes were fun to witness. An evil cephalopod (as performed by the volunteer) who just wanted to be understood even produced ‘awws’ from the audience. Even the volunteer looked like they were enjoying running around on the stage with a plushie octopus hat and tentacle.
Regardless of which planet the volunteer chooses to explore, there are 50 possible endings, which may be perfect in a book format but are too many for an hour’s performance.
During the performance I attended, the two endings shown (endings 38 and 50) were disappointing and too short.
After prematurely dying the first time (within the first 20 minutes of the performance), myself and some other audience members thought the performance was over. I didn’t realise the actor thanking us, talking about parking and then disappearing was part of a “redo”.
Confusingly, the protagonist came out in a different coloured uniform, with a different attitude and love interest. While I appreciated the sneaky dialogue reference to every performance being different, there was no shown rounded dimension in the 2D protagonist.
During the performance it wasn’t clear if the selected volunteer was awkward on stage or overwhelmed by audience members throwing suggestions. Had the unsuccessful volunteer been replaced at the end of the first attempt, there were plenty of engaged audience members able to step in the second time around.
Kravgi in Greek means “to scream”, however, this performance in its current format was more of a squeal.