By Wolf Erlbruch
Barking Gecko Theatre Company
For the Perth Festival
Directed by John Sheedy
Designed by Alicia Clements and Chris More
Performed by Ella Hetherington and George Shevtsov
Subiaco Arts Centre
Until February 16
How does a six-year-old stare Death in the face? A nine-year-old? An eleven-year-old?
The answer is: very differently. That seemed the case at the Subiaco Arts Centre at least, when kids of all those ages, along with their parents and grandparents, watched a wizened, wizardly (dare I say Gandalfian or Dumbledorian) George Shevtsov playing it in Barking Gecko’s Duck, Death and the Tulip.Shevtsov is a superb actor. His long, etched face displays the whole range of emotion with economy and deadly accuracy, and his mature voice is a beautiful instrument.
Hetherington is clearly Sheedy’s first choice actor, and, as she showed in last year’s The Red Tree and This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, she is an exemplary performer for children.