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Finding Me Volume 2 - promo poster (image supplied by Phi Theodoros, art by James Dean)
Overall rating: ★★★★1/2
Date attended: 07/06/2018
Finding Me is a basket of many wonderful human emotions that brings out a new perspective through each character that is presented in the show.
Phi Theodoros and James Dean are the two brains behind this fantastic show, which incorporates humour, music, and feelings into this 'safe space'.
By setting the show as a support group for people from all walks of life, vulnerability has a spot to unleash itself and present with new possibilities on how one can work around that vulnerability to become an individual that they are comfortable with.
Phi plays the role of four very different but very relatable characters, and her level of versatility shines right through each storyline. Accompanied by her trustful friends, the ukulele and the fine guys from The Tainted Saints, Phi is able to encapsulate the audience in a narrative that makes you feel like you've known this individual on a personal level.
Each narrative has an original song intertwined into the mix, which showcases the talents of the band (with the keyboard, the drums, and the guitar) and helps capture the anguish, rawness and challenges, which unfold in a manner that touches the audience in many beautiful ways!
There is a sense of balance that is brought through the combination of singing and a narrative that is eloquently performed by Phi and her band, which complements the room with moments of enjoyment, laughter, and even a bit of tears!
It is also admirable to note of the venue space for Finding Me - Raj House on Hyde Street has quickly gained popularity for being a "queer-friendly" environment and a hub that garners artistic creativity, so it makes sense to set up a support group in a space where there is zero judgment and where anyone and everyone is welcome.
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