Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.4
Behind the pin stripes of the big top, the blinding lights and applauding crowd, Frances and his performing chimpanzee reveal the real tricks behind the act.
Lucy Roslyn’s transformation into, Goody, the chimpanzee is remarkable. Every body part reacts to it’s surroundings as she moves; toes curling around the shipping crate, her jaw fixed forward and knees constantly held up to her chest. Wherever Roslyn travels on stage, she remains in a fixed form, as if muscle memory has taken over. A limited amount of facial expressions are used by Roslyn to convey Goody’s restricted understanding. The audience continue to identify Roslyn as a chimp even when she starts to speak, due to the strong imagery created.
Goody highlights the difference in treatment between animal and human. Frances (Jesse Rutherford) believes Goody the chimp is nothing without him, when in fact it is Frances who needs Goody to be accepted, to be able to work and escape isolation. In particular it is the use of violence that emphasises this difference; when Goody is whipped, the audience wince yet when Goody attacks Frances it is brutal and alarming – a clear inequality.
The production feels slow, and even though a compelling storyline is revealed, it needs the audience’s patience to get there. The story also becomes repetitive, going over the same parts of storyline over and over again. However it must be assumed that this is a deliberate tool that writer, Lucy Roslyn, has chosen to use, to show the minimal communication available between man and chimp.
In this two hander, it may be the missing 3rd party that stays with you as you leave the venue.
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▦ Photos – Courtesy of Paul Hancock
Time: 60 Minutes
Running: 18 AUG 17 ► 28 AUG 17
♥ Thank you to Tilly Wilson for the invite
♥ Thank you to Greg for the Chimpanzee illustration