Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Duets for Actor and Musician,Nov 25, 2008
Duets for Actor and Musician
By Dina Ross, Kelly Trounson & Anna Schoo, by A Is For Atlas
Where and When: Abbottsford Convent, until Nov 29, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Nov 25, 2008
The title says it all; this production comprises three duets for one actor accompanied by a musician. Each piece also involves the writer of the monologue, a visual artist who provides a design element and the director, Xan Colman, who simply but imaginatively draws the three works into one program.
The musical instruments (french horn, clarinet and violin) provide a second voice in the stories and the musicians interact physically with the actors creating a metaphorical layer.
MRI (Dina Ross) is an intense depiction of a woman undergoing an MRI scan when she is confronted by looming paralysis while Car Park (Anna Schoo) is a fretful monologue by an anxious office worker. Down In The Dirt (Kelly Trounson) portrays a quirky and funny view of a woman obsessed with death and with her prosthetic leg.
By Kate Herbert