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The Radio Heart at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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This could be our future - what would you do?
Promotional poster (Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website)

Overall rating: ★★★★

Date attended: 03/03/2018

It's a sci-fi drama. There's a boy (Ari, played by Jamie Leondaris) and a girl (Loddy, played by Melissa Martins). They've been in a long-distance relationship, but after having pursued it for almost a year, the couple reaches the breaking point. But they also live in the future, which appears to be technologically advanced. Loddy isn't handling the break up well, so after a few (too many) glasses of wine, decides to upload Ari's personality into a 'boyfriend substitute' robot - Ari Droid. They start from scratch, but after revisiting the more memorable moments throughout the relationship pre-breakup, Loddy realizes that some things in life simply can't be changed.

Melissa and Jamie (who played Loddy and Ari respectively) were able to maintain their composure throughout the performance with poise. The nature of their dialogue felt really smooth and easy-flowing. There were moments when it felt like the audience and the actors were a massive friend group hanging out together at home and enjoying a glass of wine, while conversations took place - sometimes silly, sometimes serious.

The props weren't many, but each item on stage had a purpose. Two memorable items were a polaroid photo and a keyboard. The Polaroid photo helped Loddy bring out her creative side. The keyboard was a present from Ari to allow Loddy find her musical flair. Each of these, while seemingly ordinary to us as the audience, were a rare collectable in this era and also sparked the nature of the relationship between Ari and Loddy to develop accordingly.

It was the more real moments when Ari and Loddy were trying to work through the holes in their relationship that really tug at the heartstrings. There were moments of humour intertwined with moments of connectedness, which made the plot of the performance relatable to anyone who has been in a relationship long enough and has had to overcome challenges individually as well as a team.

While the venue was based in the picturesque Adelaide Botanic Gardens, I think the show would be better enjoyed with people sitting around the stage, rather than the seating that didn't have tiers and therefore, was a lot more difficult to view the different elements of the show from the back row.

While The Radio Heart's season at the Adelaide Fringe may have ended for the year, it'll be interesting to see what their next project is all about at the next Fringe season!
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When: Adelaide Fringe season
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Cost: $15 - $60
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