Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, Sun 18 Feb.
[THEATRE – UK]
Presented for the first time outside of the UK, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Family, almost did not go ahead today, because of a long delay due to technical difficulties, which would have been disappointing with so many in the audience eager to find out more about the show. What transpired was Ben Norris’ long journey of self-discovery and discovering the unique way others express love and care as well as a physically long journey about hitchhiking south from Nottingham to London. The hitchhiking voyage visits his father’s previous homes, frequented pubs and football stadiums with the purpose of trying to gain a better understanding of his often silent and emotionally closed father.
The highlight was the movement and rhyme within the text. As the only man on stage, Ben Norris was incredibly captivating and presented the beautiful poetic text with so much energy, genuineness and precision. He has a sharp and engaging speaking voice and no surprise he has won various Poetry Slam Championships in the UK. The direction by Polly Tisdall kept the pace fast, interesting and ensured appropriate use of key props.
Despite tight direction and Norris’ charming performance, the show feels slightly drawn out, but on further reflection, possibly this is deliberate and warranted for the audience to connect with the exhaustive journey more deeply.
Another great theatre piece brought over from the UK at Holden Street Theatres.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Family continues at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio from 3pm until Sun 18 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.