Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Fringe 2022 at its finest
On the heels of last year's Next Fall, I was invited along to the opening night of the latest play from director Darrin Redgate. Considering how much I liked that show, how could I say no?
So, I went to see the play An Unseasonable Fall Of Snow at the Holden Street Theatres as a part of Fringe 2022. It is rated M for Mature audiences.
An Unseasonable Fall Of Snow
Written by Gary Henderson
Directed by Darrin Redgate
Starring Gavin Cianci (Arthur) & Jacob Houston (Liam)
This is in the Arches Theatre, a very nice converted church building. Very nice. And atmospheric, which only added to the play.
The Arch Theatre
This is a 65 minutes play featuring only two actors. They are on stage together the whole time. And here's the problem if I say anything more, it could give away the ending and the surprise twists (more than one!), and this is a play where you need to go in cold without knowing what is going to happen. The gasps from the crowd with the first twist, even through their face masks, was amazing.
We entered the theatre with Arthur already on the stage, drinking coffee, reading a file. Standard set-up, I guess. The set was very sparse, and that was perfect, because this is a play about words and emotions, not about fancy stagings. Then Liam enters, confused, and an interrogation starts and well, you'll have to see it.
Okay, so the elements of the play. It was well-written, but there are a number of triggers, so please be warned beforehand. The writing was nicely done to keep the element of surprise ticking along, even though the message was occasionally rammed a little hard. But the opening and the ending pulled everything together really well. And the twists were so well done, with subtle clues building up beforehand.
However, this would not have worked without the outstanding performances of the two men involved. They were stunning. The emotions they created on their faces and in their actions and body language were amazing, and the subsequent emotions they drew from the audience were very real. With only two of them, it was going to ride or crash on them and, well, it rides. I managed to have a quick chat with Jacob after the show. He told me they only had four weeks of rehearsal but that suited both of them. I asked about how he did the emotions so well, especially at the end, and he said it was a fine line between going over the top and under-selling it, so he only hopes he managed it. He did, for what it's worth.
I also managed to get a few words from Darrin, the director. Jacob spoke very highly of him, and having now seen two of his productions, he runs an amazingly tight ship. He knows how to get the most out of his actors and out of the material. He also knows how to use emotion to its fullest. Darrin told me this was done on a shoestring budget, and it was tough finding a fringe-length work. He said on the first preview night he couldn't watch it, he was so nervous. He hopes it goes over well with audiences.
Well, he needn't have been nervous. This is amazing.
This is a show you need to see. There were a group of teenagers in the audience, and with their parents present, I asked what they thought. Two of the girls said they'd cried and the boys were very quiet, but all of them said it was incredible, and they're going to tell their friends to go along as well.
It is that sort of a show.
Recommended! Yes! See it! The following two photos were supplied to the reviewer by Darrin Redgate, the director.