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Experience life reborn into the world
Overall rating: ★★★1/2
Date attended: 8/3/2019

Illuminated is an interactive theatre show that explores the life narratives that most of us follow. The show is presented by Moontan Productions.

The show is unlike the typical format of a seated audience and a stage to watch. It is performed in an enclosed room where the audience moves around frequently, role-playing in different roles.

Illuminated leaves you pondering what lies ahead, beginning with a plane boarding sequence that eventually ends up in a theatrical crash.

It appears as though we emerge from the wreck as reborn. We are placed back into primary school and then transition towards high school. This sequence of acts heavily emphasised how some of the skills and tasks that we are made to learn in school have very little significance in our lifetime. This point was further cemented when the audience was left to ponder the types of questions that are asked in a typical job interview.

The show also reminds us that taking time out to focus on our breathing can help us clear out stressful thoughts we encounter in day-to-day life.

We were also given a demonstration of the scientific theory of evolution. The actors emerge from backstage as gorillas, moving around on their knees and knuckles whilst interacting with the audience.

Illuminated features a game-show style act, where the audience is verbally given moral dilemmas to vote in favour of supporting or opposing. Such dilemmas reflected on some contentious issues that our society currently faces.

The show saves its most powerful metaphor for the conclusion. Illuminated visually contrasts between one person that decides to stay in the box that society places us in, and another person who takes the courage to break out of the box and let their mind run free.

The actors and actresses in Illuminated are professional through their transitions of characters and showcase a range of roles throughout the show.

Illuminated is a show for those who want to think critically about everyday life. For the best experience, it is recommended for groups of people.

Illuminated, Adelaide Fringe
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Why? A thought-provoking and interactive evening
When: 7-9 March, 7pm/7:30pm
Where: Makespace - Suite 2, Level 2, Station Arcade, 52 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $15-$20
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