Wednesday, 15 October 2008

England, Oct 15, 2008 ****

by Tim Crouch, Melbourne International Arts Festival
 Ian Potter Centre, NGV, Federation Square, Oct 15 to 18, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Oct 15, 2008

Tim Crouch has my vote for compelling, intimate and emotional performance. Crouch and Hannah Ringham perform England in the Ian Potter Centre at Fed Square. The performance style is simple and direct address to the audience. 

We are ushered into the temporary exhibition called Look where we stand, listening to the pair tell us their story in the first person.

It is, initially, an amusing chat peppered with references to visual art and life in London, the actors speaking as the one character and often using overlapping dialogue. It evolves into a darker tale: the story of a heart transplant patient facing death, surviving surgery, then meeting the grieving wife of the heart donor and discovering a grim tale of third world organ donation.

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