Thursday, 16 October 2008

7 Important Things, Oct 16, 2008 ****

 7 Important Things
By Nadia Ross and George Acheson, by STO Union
Fairfax Studio, Oct 16 to 19, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Oct 16, 2008

7 Important Things is a gentle and beguiling hour of story telling by Canadians, Nadia Ross and George Acheson. The show tells the story of George’s own life.  

 In the rebellious 1960s he ran away from home when his father insisted he cut his hair. He chased freedom in a world that tried to cage him. He lived the happy, dope-smoking, hippy life in Vancouver and California only to become disillusioned with it and eventually turn to heroin.

The performance is simple and engaging. Ross directly addresses the audience while Acheson is like a device to tell his own story. 

He does not look directly at us until the last moments. The pair works on an empty stage, using only a huge bolt of fabric, a couple of chairs, a hand-held tape recorder and photos of George as a young man to tell his story. 

7 Important Things is a captivating hour.

By Kate Herbert

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