Someone Stole Dee Perse's Tree (and other short stories) is an anthology of five short dark comedies about people attempting to connect with each other, escape their fears, form a social connection and struggling to cope with feelings of anxiety. The show has been described as "the mundane and the strange collide" and has been compared to a five-course degustation designed to let the viewer sample a bit of everything.
Dee Perse (Tegan Mulvany) is determined to find out who stole her tree
Someone Stole Dee Perse's Tree is a locally made theatre production presented by the independent theatre group Runaway Balloon. It was written by Rupert Williamson, directed by Rebecca Fingher and features the talents of Tegan Mulvaney, Elise Wilson, Daniel Buckle, Courtney Cavallaro, Tamara Creasey and Veronica Mistry.
The five different stories in the show feature different storylines and characters who are all loosely connected. The show touches on the themes like the spreading of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and an unhealthy obsession with consuming online media. The narrative structure of the show reminded me of the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, which told a narrative out of chronological order, that followed three interrelated stories each featuring a different protagonist. The film was presented as an episodic narrative with circular events that each had a beginning and an ending and contained references to each of the episodes in the film. Someone Stole Dee Perse's Tree (and other short stories) follows a similar format with a social connection being the overarching theme referenced in each of the five episodes.
Someone Stole Dee Perse's Tree (and other short stories) is currently showing at the Subiaco Arts Centre until Saturday, 11 September 2021. The show runs for 75 minutes and is suitable for children 12 years and older. To secure your tickets for this show, please click here.