Last night, that show with the ever-so-cumbersome-to-say-very-long-title opened at La Mama. The company, I’m Trying to Kiss You, comprised of Allison Whiltshire, Zoey Dawson and Anna McCarthy, returns to Melbourne with this its third season of I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes, after a sell-out season at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2011.
At the foyer before the show, many audience members expressed some excitement to see the show but admitted that they had no idea what it was all about.
Having seen it many times, I must say that the first reading was just as stunning for me as last night’s viewing. I think it has a lot to do with how the piece melds a bawdy, naturalistic, unapologetically awkward yet hilarious ex-BFF reunion with rhythmic pulses of surreal insights into the deep, dark yet intoxicatingly beautiful realms of the female psyche. The established stereotypes of angry Fitzroy hipster and the ‘frothy’ Prahran girly girl, brutally relatable, are quickly punctured to reveal a gooey rich centre of longings, aspirations and desires that one can’t help but empathise with. Rhythmically, the poetic vignettes shift from one state to another like a well balanced artwork not unlike a perfectly written symphony.
You can catch this show at La Mama until May 5.
After the show, at the La Mama courtyard, the audience gathered around that famous fire to contemplate.
Actor Zoey Dawson, swathed in blue that is oh so harmonious with that platinum blonde hair and blue eyes.
Fabulous producer Bek Berger with a corresponding dolly. Note the special laminate necklace, made by herself, from an old children’s fact book. This one combines a boy holding a seashell with a box of butterflies.
Felix Preval, effortlessly cool with a pork pie hat and an always handsome shawl collar cardi.
Melbourne Fringe Festival CEO Jayne Lovelock offsets a string of pearls and soft demure hair with bright pink tights.
Sound designer Claudio Tokko keeping warm with a classy bicycle-print scarf.
Director Allison Whiltshire and Katie (behind) provide a special performance of the show later on. This is how it’s done! Zoey Dawson takes notes from beyond.