If you enjoy watching engaging and honest performances in intimate spaces, then look no further than The Pond at Flight Path Theatre. You'll find the cosy theatre on Addison Street in Marrickville.
The Pond explores a couple's relationship as they struggle to carry multiple pregnancies to full term. The story is highly relatable, as many of us have been in relationships where the course didn't always run as smoothly as we would have liked, and where expectations were not aligned. That's not to say that The Pond is all doom and gloom, there are certainly some lighter more humorous moments throughout the performance.
Considering this is only a two person show, there is always a risk that it can become rather monotonous listening to just the dialogue between the plays central duo. Fortunately, that was not the case here, as there were enough vocal theatrics where the actors occasionally alternated to speaking in the past tense or third person, in a way that was seamless and not at all confusing to the audience. The use of narrative speech conveyed a deeper understanding of the characters, in a way which was natural and unstilted.
A Minimalist Design
With a minimalist set design, sheets were effectively used to represent tangible objects (a bed, the 'pond') as well as to visually emphasise the emotions of the characters. Lighting not only conveyed day and night, but also to set the mood from joyful to sexual to more darker moments. The music was subtle and unimposing, in a way that accentuated the performances rather than overpowering them.
The Pond is a sincere tale of a reality which can plague a relationship, told with creative and innovative flare. Performances are only running until Saturday 10th October, so secure your tickets now.