Tuxedo Cat’s Cusack Theatre, Fri Feb 27
The Tuxedo Cat – Cusack Theatre is a small black box, but consummate performer and poet, Scott Wings did not let it hamper his brilliant piece of physical theatre for one flap of a feather. Incorporating the restrictions into his narrative, he took us with him to the top of the tower that was Icarus’ prison, with his gnarled and twisted father, Daedelus, and we gladly went with him.
Against the slightly altered backdrop of the Greek mythological story of Icarus and his desperate attempts to escape his isolation, Wings weaves his tapestry of images and poems about the struggle of man to soar to his own heights. He delights us with the beauty of his words delivered in such an unpretentious and masculine way. His movement adds magic to the fluidity of the poetic monologue and it is easy to remain entranced by this humorous and masterful performance.
Working with and to the audience, Wings gives us delightful visual treats with his open/shut trick, his bottled lightning segment and just blowing things up, and we love him for it. His portrayal of man struggling to survive in the “impenetrable armour of heartache” is poignant and important, never heavy-handed, but touchingly real.
This is theatre of valuable and unique genius, story-telling at its best. Contemporary issues mixed with ageless wisdom, wrapped in the inimitable magic of words-man-ship rarely heard, and offered with energy, fun and vulnerable truth.
A must-see for anyone who has ever struggled and for the people who love them. An absolute heart-felt delight.
Icarus Falling continues at Tuxedo Cat’s Cusack Theatre until Sun Mar 15.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 261 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Natasha Mulhall