Two ex-prisoners, Luke (Ryan Stewart) and Marty (Bayne Bradshaw), stalk down a rich young man named Jeremy Baxter (Ben K. Ronec) and kidnap him for ransom. His father, Ethan Baxter (Jeffrey Bryant Jones), makes heartfelt appeals through the media for the return of his son, with a handsome reward.
The play starts innocently with Luke and Marty holding Jeremy captive in a shed or warehouse, tied to a chair and blindfolded. They mock and torture Jeremy in the hope their simple plan to get the ransom money and be rich for life is fulfilled. However, there is one problem - they have not accounted for Jeremy Baxter's cunning intelligence and powers of manipulation.
The play examines the role of power in relationships but also exposes each characters quest to survive and the motivations for their actions and behaviours. Each character has experienced trauma - but this is not examined in great depth, in this sixty-minute performance.
As the story unfolds victim becomes a perpetrator and there is a bizarre love/lust triangle that evolves. There's nudity, romance, violence and comedy in this play with a twist far more acidic than the slice of lemon in your 'Gin Sling'. Produced by FRED the ALIEN Productions, the audience is kept guessing right until the end - who will survive and become the new king of the jungle?
Head down to Gasworks Arts Park for your Midsumma Theatre fix, with a great line-up of theatre, art and music.