Saturday, February 1, 2014

Theatre: Run Girl Run

Devised and performed by Grit Theatre
Tom Browne, Laura Hughes and Clare Phillips
PICA until Feb 1

The sweaty, exuberant Run Girl Run has been touted as an exploration of gender expression, that sort of thing, and I can buy that. Fortunately, it’s way broader than that, and way, way more entertaining.
Three characters (played by Grit Theatre’s Tom Browne, Laura Hughes and Clare Phillips) are, literally, on a treadmill; three of them, set up facing the audience, towards which the characters saunter, break into a brisk walk, a jog and, finally, a breakneck gallop. There aren’t many shows you’d think to put a pedometer on, but this one would be a fascinating exercise.

(As it ended, I realised I had a lyric in my head. It was written by my mate Dave Warner over thirty years ago, and it’s as true today as it was then: “Just remember, while you’re here/ You march our march, you drink our beer”.)

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian.

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