Dennis, law graduate (but he's not a lawyer, right) finds himself in Shillungatta alone. This is because after following the love of his life, Kelly, to the middle of nowhere from the big smoke (Adelaide), she dumps him because she can no longer tolerate his chivalrous (read patronising) behaviour.
He spends three months ringing her and leaving phone messages trying to convince her to come back to him until he ends up at the local pub dead drunk where he meets and beds the mysterious Zoe.
The messy one-night stand throws Dennis' sheltered world into chaos. He finds himself in the middle of a family drama set against a vengeful bushfire.
Scattered throughout this two-act, two-hour show is slapstick, physical comedy, live music and even dance (complete with canes, sequins, feathers and top hats). It embraces the Australian identity in an original and funny way.
Once Marcus Doherty, in the lead role, warmed up, he performed strongly as the pathetic, 'stick-insect' Dennis, using his physical presence to advantage in the comedic as well as dramatic scenes. All the characters were well performed by the ensemble cast.
Highly Flammable Love is a comedy theatre production by two professional Melbourne writer/producers. Adelaide boy Marcus Doherty met Melbourne coffee snob Zara Sengstock (co-writer/directors) while studying at film school in 2014. Since graduating they have produced, written and held assistant director roles in a range of Australian TV productions.
Highly Flammable Love is a passion project, born out of Marcus and Zara's desire to spread their creative wings by producing a character-driven, long-form narrative that breaks the typical conventions of romantic comedy and embraces the Australian identity.
They are joined by a team of performers including lead actress Ayesha Gibson (Australian Shakespeare Company) and 2016 Adelaide comedian of the year, Kel Balnaves.
Atmospheric live music is scattered throughout the production - an original score inspired by classic Aussie tunes was performed by a live band.