This is the sixth year of this unique Brisbane Festival whose motto is "arts for everyone, right where they live". The Festival aims to take audiences into the nooks and crannies of Brisbane and showcase the best of local performers in theatre, comedy, dance, music, magic, and poetry.
The venue sets the scene already for a different experience. The beautiful old substation has wonderful heritage character and the atmosphere is both informal and intimate with seating for about forty.
The show started with a bang as the cast belted out a funky musical number off-stage, weaving in classic Aussie hit songs with some distinctly Brisbane lyrics. It was a lively, attention grabbing beginning and signalled to the audience that this was going to be a high energy show, and fun!
Dario Fo's traditional Italian farce explores identity, class, and hypocrisy in an absurdist setting, as two garbage collectors discuss big ideas while on the job. During the evening one of the garbos ends up reluctantly helping a nude Ambassador sheltering in a garbage bin while on the run from his lover's husband. Slapstick and hilarity abound while the play explores how we treat people according to their different uniforms or dress. Dario Fo was an artist for the people and was passionate about creating works accessible to everyone. His plays are full of humour and the Room To Play adaptation of his one-act farce has used quirky Brisbane references to give the show a local feel.
The five actors were dynamically physical in their performances. Ben Warren was hilarious as the policeman with pig-like features and movement. Elise Grieg was gorgeously charismatic and so embodied her character I was convinced she'd just arrived in a taxi after finishing a job in the Valley!
A lively scene from One Was Nude and One Wore Tails. Photo by Stuart Hirth
There's a small bar for drinks and snacks before the show. Bring cash!
Go see some fantastic local theatre by skilled experienced local actors in an intimate and uniquely Brisbane setting. By supporting these independent performances we foster a strong local arts scene and keep top quality artists in Brisbane.
The cast from One Was Nude and One Wore Tails. Photo by Stuart Hirth