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Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

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Our stories bind us together. They compress time and space to create a bridge between the known and unknown, show us how our actions have consequence, both brutal and brilliantly beautiful.

In the mouth of a master storyteller like Wil Greenway, stories transform a theatre into a boat, a forest, an eight-hour road trip, and a park where an old woman sits with her dead dog.

And yes, all of these moments, plus many more, form one lavish, incredibly moving narrative.

Through the use of poetic language, comedy, gesture and a glorious suspension of belief, Greenway’s Either Side of Everything is an astounding tour de force of what the human imagination can envision.

Eloquent imagery, including “Winter thinks of Spring” while a “car follows headlights”, are punctuated with the importance of figs, mateship and how everyday news stories – with their intensity and trauma – actually do have bearing on our lives.

Greenway’s show works on the synchronicity of moments melding into each other, echoing forward and back through time and space, the unexpected of then having so much importance on the cataclysm of now.

And if you think that’s an overtly poetic description, it pales in comparison to how Greenway renders it real in this heartfelt piece of theatre.

But what makes Greenway’s work truly astounding and disarmingly charming are the high levels of empathy he instils in the audience for a multitude of characters.

Yes, even for Brian The Christmas Beetle, homeward bound after a long day of doing whatever it is Christmas Beetles do.

Either Side of Everything is what Fringe is all about: the expertly crafted presented as simply as possible for maximum emotional impact.

If you are seeking magic this FRINGE WORLD Festival, then this show is a good starting point.

Greenway’s masterful storytelling is an adventure where anecdotes transform you through the alchemy that is language.

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Review by Scott-Patrick Mitchell on 20 Jan 2019

Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a West Australian performance poet and writer. SPM appears in such literary journals as Island, Southerly, Westerly and Cordite. SPM has been writing since 1998 and has been involved in the West Australian arts scene since 2002. Visit his 'gram, @spmpoet, for daily doses of wholesome micropoetry.