The 1812 Theatre in Upper Ferntree Gully is a fantastic intimate theatre offering some very diverse and entertaining live shows. I was lucky enough to catch their latest show, Constellations by Nick Payne and directed by Justin Stephens.
Constellations is a love story between Marianne, a physicist and Roland, a beekeeper whose worlds collide in not just one universe but multiple. Each universe reflects a choice, and the performers do a superb job of flitting between these worlds at the drop of a hat. An on-going story threads itself through these universes keeping you intrigued as we journey through testing the limits of fate and free will and exploring what could have been.
I enjoyed every minute of this play. It was funny, romantic, sad and thought-provoking all rolled into one. Towards the end, there was a distinct moment when I was sure the whole audience held their breaths in anticipation. The smallness of the theatre and the closeness of the actors add to the experience, and you feel like you are part of the performance more than being in a large traditional theatre.