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Worm Review - Adelaide Fringe 2020

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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A Powerful Perspective - 5 Stars
After seeing success with his Fringe directorial debut, Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods, which won the 2018 Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Development Award, Director Chris Bond is returning with his 2nd production, Worm.

Worm, like Aphrodite, demonstrates Bond's ability to do a lot with a little. A one-man show with the outstanding upcoming actor, Sean Flierl (A Tide that Binds, Rip Drag Ruminate), along with the pre-recorded voices of Ellen Graham, Phil Harker-Smith, Stuart Watkinson, and Chris Bond. Worm follows the character of Francis, a man in a sad state of affairs after a recent breakup. Spiralling into depression, Francis finds comfort in the toxic masculinity found within internet communities. As Francis's outlook is infected, a friend tries to reach out and help him, but Francis begins to lash out.

Worm is an impeccably choreographed dance. With Flierl only interacting with disembodied voices, his own reactions and dialogue are timed to the second. Even with this strict timing, Flierl's movements and expressions all feel especially natural. This evokes an atmosphere of dread as you watch a man's psyche crumble in front of you in real-time. This realism enhances the impact for some of the more visceral and virulent moments in the play. The toxic language that we hear every day is enhanced when you see the words themselves tear someone's soul apart.

Worm's beauty is in its subtlety. The kicking of cans in the squalor Francis lives in, subtle facial reactions, the slightest change in lighting to add to the intensity of a scene. Bond has taken every tool available to him in a limited palette and painted a vivid picture of a man being poisoned by toxic culture.

Worm is playing at the Star Theatre for only two more nights. This is a significant production of a message that unquestionably needs more exposure. Check it out if you can. You can find tickets here.
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When: 20 Feb - 22 Feb
Where: Star Theatre Two at Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Dr , Hilton, SA, 5033
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