A MELBOURNE Midsumma’s eve – a perfect sundowner atmosphere at the Theatre Works, a friendly inviting space in the heart of St Kilda where the pre=show drinks are served and crowd spills outside onto the front porch; tonight’s crowd is an eclectic mix represented by all portions of the rainbow pie chart: the ambiance being happy, relaxed, chatty – an endearing kaleidoscopic snapshot of the Midsumma theatre-going crowd.
Upon entering the Theatre Works (drink in hand of course) there’s an ambient sense of anticipation , the crowd’s attention drawn to an obscure, minimalist backdrop which initially defies understanding , a mystery which resolves cleverly in the early minutes of the evening’s performance.
A solo performance, the moment the spot light fixes on Tim Miller, the crowd’s attention is arrested by his American drawl, eyes locked to his form as he proceeds to work the audience; his words, abundant with fervor, sensuality and humour letting rip a tale of contentious political battle against the US government and heterosexual privilege; the pacing of which is frenetic in its delivery, as is the word count.
Hilariously enacted from his conception and closing on the day Miller marries his Australian husband, Alistair McCartney in NYC, the performance is one representing tenacity and perseverance as he seeks to be with the man he loves. Miller’s strong, energetic stream of consciousness dialogue never wavers, and is a true testament to his powerhouse performance.
*Alistair in the crowd
*One man show – yet partner a palpable presence throughout.
*When the lights go red = sexy story
*Lighting – when in lock-up/detention after protests the backdrop would be black bars against the backdrop.
Click here to book or for more information for Lay of the Land at Theatre Works as part of the Midsumma Festival.
Jan 19, 24, 25
Fri & Sat 8:30pm