Last Thursday, I was invited to Share House Theatre's latest creation Squad Goals. It is a dark comedy by Alexander Bayliss, currently playing at The Lumen Room, Metro Arts on Edward Street, Brisbane City.
What do you do when your goalkeeper is possessed and threatens your undefeated netball status? You kidnap her and perform an exorcism, of course! The under 16 Fairfield Falcons are trying to save Lily (Marni Forde-Sloan); It may be more truthful to say they are trying to kill her off to save their competition netball dreams. Unconscious, with only her Goal Defence Superstar cousin on her side, Lily is in purgatory. Will the hell her team is sent to equal the hell they put her through? One can only hope.
It is hard to watch people treating others like lesser beings, but the dark script was merciful with the use of clever dialogue delivered by a capable cast. It was fantastic to hear the local references. I love that it shined a light on interwoven topics of bullying, competitive spirit vs dangerous obsession and blind loyalty in place of persons conscious. It addressed our inner demons and the choices we make. I saw brushes 80s cult film Heathers and 'Tarantino type' storylines in this suburban nightmare. Dark, unrelenting and served up with humour. I quite enjoyed the show!
Aimee Duroux (Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel), Toasted TV (Channel 11), who played Alison, has a real future in physical comedy, her timing was good and for me, she was the standout of the night. Lisa Davidson (Motor-Mouth and Suck Face (Share House Theatre) played Michelle with pounding conviction, and Bek Schmidt (Macbeth; May Contain Traces of Nuts; Romeo and Juliet and Delinquence (Share House Theatre) made for a brilliant Becca. The stage setting was a little distracting but lighting and sound were good.
Squad Goals was quite interesting to me. You see, I played competition netball in the Centre position as the Captain of an Undefeated Under 16s Netball Team (Check, check, check). I understand competitive nature. I suffered a punch in the face from winning a toss-up, and coach cut my foot blisters with scissors on a more than a few occasions so I could continue to play. However, I never encountered anyone like the Fairfield Falcon's Captain / Mean girl Michelle, and thank God for that! I can assure you that there would have been no half time orange slices if anyone pulled a stunt like that! My point, the show is relatable and funny and playing now through to the 9th of March. Don't miss out on Squad Goals, get your team together and head to Metro Arts.