[THEATRE/Folk ~ AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE ~ UK]
The Garden at Holden Street Theatres, Tue 3 Mar.
The Wild Unfeeling World is Casey Jay Andrews take on a re-imagining of the classic tale of Moby Dick. This version is set in and around modern London and Thames River. Casey weaves parts of the old story around into a new plot. Twisting it all into a very modern story of a young woman whose world is falling to pieces.
It is essentially a narrated piece of theatre, telling the story, and at times playing it out, often with a considerable amount of energy, always with lots of pathos. She uses few props, some little toy cats are Ahab and his band of obsessive hunters and a little white whale. Dylan the unintentional protagonist; starts with her car breaking down just after she’s been mugged and robbed. But, before this time, she has caused Ahab, the cat, a problem – therefore this becomes an unusual revenge story.
Casey is a talented and energetic story teller/actor as well as a writer of some interesting monologue; aided by sounds, mainly mood style music on her PC but also with just a couple of spoken male voice parts for appropriate moments. And she’s on top of where this is all going to be able to ad-lib and interact with the audience and whatever happens as well.
The cats eventually find themselves on a sailing boat on the Thames (the boat is a model, the Thames in our imagination) and the story comes to a close with a myriad of little plot twists all coming to focus and resolution.
What we have to question is life itself, that it is unfair and that sometimes we have an uphill struggle to survive; when thriving is simply beyond us.
While we still have the existential despair in this version of Moby, Casey twists the ending a little so that all is not lost. We are left with the knowledge that dark as this world may be at times, we can get through it, and that ‘with a little bit of help from our friends’ should be far more than a song title or an empty cliché.
The Wild Unfeeling World continues at The Garden at Holden Street Theatres from 8.30pm until Sat 14 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Presented by Lion House Theatre, Hartstone-Kitney Productions and Holden Street Theatres.
This article made available courtesy of Radio Adelaide