Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
But Not In That Order
In its Australian premiere, Life Is Short and Long is an intriguing tale of travel, of facing and dealing with life's hardships, how we cope with crises and how we deal with the change that ultimately comes from hard times.
Emma Beech is outstanding in her role as multiple characters - all so different, all with their amazing stories to tell.
We are flung from the very heart of Port Adelaide to a financially struggling Spain and then back to South Australia's bushfire-ravaged town of Wirrabara in the Southern Flinders Ranges. It's a journey in which you'll be completely entranced. You'll be there, with her - through the good and the bad. Emma is just extraordinary in her performance.
The show is part art installation. It's a secret until you walk in the door and I promised that I wouldn't give anything away about the set design apart from telling you that is surprising, beautiful and so deeply intimate. Sitting in the audience gave a feeling of warmth and familiarity. We are privy to bits of conversations that Emma has had with people - strangers on the streets: people she met in cafes, hairdressing salons and petrol stations. People who have fears and struggles - everyday people, just like you and me.
The stories on stage is a compilation of travel stories and life in Australia and Europe and cover a three-year period. The stories are cleverly interwoven to create a breathtaking 90 minutes of entertainment. The lighting used to compliment the stories is creative and inspired.
Emma graduated from the Flinders Drama Centre and has gone on to become an actor and theatre-maker across many genres.She is also a proud founding member of the Australian Bureau of Worthiness, a residency model that creates theatre from interviews conducted with people on the street.
Life is Short and Long is proudly presented by Vitalstatistix and Country Arts SA and is now showing at Vitalstatistix in Port Adelaide until the 21st of October and then will play for 2 nights only at the Wirrabara Town Hall on the 28th and 29th of October.
Vitalstastix is located in the Waterside Theatre, 11 Nile Street, Port Adelaide.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door before the show (if not sold out). I'd highly recommend that you see this show - it is classy and intelligent and I promise that you will be blown away.