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The Dot

By Peri Watson on 21 Feb 2018

Exploring themes from falling in love with strangers, to mental illnesses and inadequacy, The Dot is an intriguing piece of theatre worth checking out.

The young theatre troupe performed brilliantly, with some key performances from narrating characters in particular.

The experimental theatre piece features five separate stories intertwined through audio cues and existential themes.

The Dot manages to turn the urban chance encounter into a tragic fairy tale, and the living of one’s life into an nihilistic downfall.

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the fourth segment, which I won’t spoil. A standout performance coupled with chilling audio and gripping imagery made for a wonderful scene and an abrupt shift in dramatic tension.

The only gripe I have with this piece is its blocking. For the majority of the piece, two characters will be standing stoic onstage, while one narrates.

However, the vocal performances more than make up for it, adopting an almost monotonous style which compliments the minimalism of the stage and set pieces.

The Dot will make you uncomfortable, it will make you question your own life and it will, at times, terrify.

Take a punt on this local troupe and explore the strange depths of The Dot.

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25 Feb 2018
The Shambles at FRINGE Central
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Peri Watson

Peri Watson

Peri Watson is a Creative Writing student responsible for abandoning story ideas and neglecting half-filled notebooks. She was the winner of the Roy Grace English Scholarship and the Walter Horeb Literary Award in 2015. She has reviewed for FRINGE WORLD and PIAF since 2016.

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