Quokka Apocalypse delivers exactly what it promises – fun in the face of imminent doom.
The show is a Gen-Z tribute to the city we know and love. From the denim jumpsuits, to the pop culture references of quokka selfies and the vernacular that reminds us of the 21-year-old in our lives. The show’s strength is its youthfulness.
This shines through most strongly in the infectious, cheeky energy of the ensemble cast who make you feel as though you’re having a lively conversation with a group of friends.
The script is full of mischief and shines a light on the writer’s love for Perth with every reference inducing bursts of giggles because we’re all in on the joke.
While the cast aren’t ‘human’ as such there is an undeniable relatability in their desire for crusade, in their insecurities and in the development of their friendship to empower each other to literally show their teeth.
The show maintains a ‘#woke’ spirit in its self-awareness as a ‘critique on culture’ and as a show performed as part of a festival with contentious sponsorship.
In true Gen-Z fashion, it is also meticulously researched and scientifically accurate – with explanations and figures threaded throughout – to embed the fact the threats faced by the quokka, possum and snipe are very very real.
The tone pivots from cheeky eco-warrior to existential nihilism very quickly– catching you off guard about the meaning of it “all”- but does its best work when it’s inspiring us to pick up the dishwashing liquid and consider how we can look after the humble quokka, possum and spike who need our help.