Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.4
Jules has a fetish for fish, as a marine biologist he was destined to be in the sea since he was born (via an unintentional water birth). Jules has designed fish-a-grams and explored extensive data from his fishy friends to determine a comet theory. Luring an unexpected young women to his apartment, the consequences after the comet chaos are not what he expected.
There is no warm up with this farce, Boom jumps straight in with the funny and bizarre. Museum Host, Barbara, is equipped with gadget and gears to swoop the play into action or bring them to a stand still. Drum and chimes at the ready, Barbara loves a dramatic drumroll to intensify the moment.
Director, Katherine Nesbitt is not afraid of a dramatic pause as the first scene between Jules and Jo holds several of them, at length. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s writing allows for several outrageous, comical points – of which Nesbitt makes the most of, particularly Barbara’s calculated chaos. Chucking diapers around the room, rattling pipes and throwing cups – Barbara demonstrates the chaos of the collision within the production budget.
Mandi Symonds exudes a great amount of energy in her hysteric portrayal of Barbara. Suited and booted in traditional Museum attire, she is the perfect narrator for this tale. Nicole Sawyerr plays a convincingly irritated young grad whilst Will Merrick is mesmerising as the geeky, dweeb, Jules.
Boom starts with a bang, exciting and rapid yet drops to a lull for a large portion of the play before picking back up at the end. There is a selection of drum beats throughout the production, but it’s not always clear what these indicate. Even though the writing is delightful, sometimes the plot loses it’s direction to poetic sections.
See if Boom makes you pop, at Theatre 503 until 26th August.
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▦ Photos – Courtesy of Lidia Crisafulli
Time: 90 Minutes
Running: 2 AUG 17 ► 26 AUG 17
♥ Thank you to Ros for the invite