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Review-CONCRETE: heartbeat-Fringe Festval

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by Clark W Grizwold (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Perth. Love Coffee, movies and exploring the World
Published February 5th 2015
Concrete: Heartbeat

Concrete: heartbeat. A guide escorts the audience upstairs at the Blue Room Theatre.

We enter a room and are provided with padded milk crates for seats, which fit's in beautifully with the whole performance experience.

A lone figure is at the microphone with an assortment of milk crates utilised as scenery. One of the great features of the show is how a room is created into a stage, with the visual effects a massive part of the performance.

Pictures are reflected on to the crates to enhance the scenery on set. A simple premise which creates a memorable effect.

The Performer begins and takes us on a journey through a 24 hour day in the city.
We are taken into the lives of eight different people and are provided with their individual stories as the performer describes and narrates a snapshot into their souls.

The great thing about the performance as an audience member is you can picture and in some cases relate to the various stories.
We see and envelop the desperation of a cleaner, the brightness of a child; the shenanigans from an office worker, the weariness of a nurse and even a cockroach inhabiting a seedy night club were amongst some of the lives we get a snapshot of.

As the story progresses from one life to another, the stage is recreated into various backdrops with the walls used as a movie screen to display the time of the day in massive numbers.

Full credit must be given as he completes the whole performance seamlessly; a sole performer who does not miss a line deserves massive praise. The performer was great and kept the audience captivated throughout the show.

It goes for just under an hour and is an unique and engaging show.

Concrete: Heartbeat will be at the Blue Room as part of the Fringe Festival in February
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