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'Blink' at 107 Projects Redfern - Review

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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
Author of Drunk Love Sober Death and Compass. I'm also a podcaster. Find all my work here >> www.jadejackson.com.au
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It's not often stalking and spying leads to love

'Blink' is an unconventional and bittersweet love story, set in London. It skilfully tells the saga of how Sophie (Jane Angharad) and Jonah (James Smithers) were fated to meet.

Blink, Play, 107 The Projects, Phil Porter, Jane Angharad, James Smithers
'Jane Angharad (Sophie) and James Smithers (Jonah) on set in 'Blink'. Image by Jade Jackson Photography (taken on iPhone).

'Blink' is a modern tale which creatively turns awkward themes of death, voyeurism and stalking into a sweet and tender melodrama. As you enter the theatre, the stage is littered with seemingly random objects adding intrigue and mystery before any words are spoken. Everything from a television remote to a pot plant has a purpose and a place in the story.

Each character talks directly to the audience, seemingly unaware of the other's presence on stage which is both endearing and humourous. Giving the audience the sensation they are watching this happen in real time.

Both actors play a multitude of roles convincingly switching between accents mid sentence. Quick-talking and fast-paced acting means if you tune out for a second, expect to miss whole scenes. The rhythm matching the sensation of falling in love. The pace only slowing when Sophie and Jonah shared their first kiss. It was like time stopped momentarily.

Ultimately 'Blink' is a great story full of rich detail and engaging acting. At only 60 minutes it's also wonderful entertainment for the time poor.

'Blink' plays nightly at 8pm Friday and Saturday. Closing night is Sunday 24th April at 6pm.

107 The Projects at 107 Redfern St, Redfern is a short walk from Redfern Station. Parking is limited in the surrounding streets and is 1 hour only until 8pm.

There is a cafe within the building serving drinks and snacks and there is also an art exhibition to wither away your time before going into the theatre.

Blink, Play, 107 The Projects, Phil Porter, Jane Angharad, James Smithers
'Blink' runs nightly until the 24th April 2016 at 107 The Projects Redfern. Image supplied.
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Why? Great story, short play, convenient location
When: Nightly at 8pm from Wednesday 20th April to Sunday 24th April (6pm on Sunday) this week only
Phone: 02 9690 1007
Where: 107 Redfern St Redfern NSW, 2016
Cost: Adult $29, Concession $25
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