Perth has a very long way to go until it’s regarded as an accepting, inclusive society and perhaps this work scratches the surface of this issue.
It can be a very prejudicial place to live and – as many Perth people know – can be somewhat dangerous when walking the streets of Northbridge, regardless of the time of day.
This work demands that you face those challenges while listening to real-life stories, while you wander the backstreets of Perth.
‘Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess’ encourages its audiences to be more respectful and to build a sense of empathy for marginalised people in our society, particularly groups dealing with issues surrounding migration.
You’re not given the pleasure of sitting nice and comfortably as a passive audience member; you’re invited to walk around the hustle and bustle that is Northbridge during FRINGE WORLD and take the time to reflect physically.
In criticism, the work is, at moments, quite tedious as it dips into segments of meditation and contains a mass of similes. Maybe my expectations of the work were different?
I would have appreciated the route to carry some form of content or solidified meaning (even just by marrying the locations that the audience travels to and the audio narrative). Perhaps this is scope for a similar project. I had envisioned walking to a location and hearing a story about a person in that place, or street, or building etc.
I do not doubt that there is some wonderful work in hand here. It has fantastic outputs and is thorough in its dramaturgy. Also, the method of ‘performance’ is rather unique and captivating.
However, I think it can be developed further to maximise its potential and meaning. Check it out for yourselves; it’s definitely different from any other show you’ll experience this FRINGE WORLD festival.