Sunday, May 1, 2011
TRAPTURE presented by Sands through the Hourglass in association with Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre at the Old Fitzroy Theatre.
TRAPTURE, says the blurb, is bleeding theatre into performance art. Oh, yeah. "Outrageous and visceral"! - mmm? For who?
A woman (Sarah Enright) dressed in slinky full length dress and gag greets each of us as we enter the Old Fitz theatre space. The walls are draped in plastic, the seats are covered in plastic. There is an air of fun (and potential danger?) Above the stage there is a technical arsenal of sound gear, being treated by Basil Hogios, live, for our atmospheric immersion, who is nattily dressed in contemporary suited-hipster style - black famed spectacles and all. We notice a dinner-suited gent (Simon Corfield) standing on the side.
Once all of us are in this titillating space, the two move to each other and begin an intimate tongue in each others cheek and sexual embrace and "maul" (steamy) and gradually they escalate into a night of sex game play and aberrant fantasy. For instance, she operates on him under blue plastic covers and he ends up with a vagina. We get plastic snakes thrown at us (oh, come on, where is the pigs bleeding innards, at least?) He pisses into a bowl from his new vagina. She is forced fed his shit. She cuts out his heart and cooks it for us. And so much more.
Think low budget THE WAR OF THE ROSES, with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas or MR AND MRS SMITH with Angelina and Brad. This is a fun show that wants to believe that it is 'dirty', 'edgy' and raunchy but it's actually highly sanitised, and is suitable for all ages.
Those of us that have grown-up attending Sydney fringe venues of over too many performance-art-history-years; those of us that have been assaulted and confronted and splashed with real bodily fluids from the late sixties up to now, 2011; those of us that get to the QUICK AND DIRTY, Mardi Gras events or fondly remember the Man Jam exploits or Gurlesque or the Kingpins or Mike Parr’s toilet exhibition at the Biennale time before last; those of us who still get to the Red Rattler or PACT Theatre Space or Performance Space; those of us who remember AKHE - Russian Engineering Theatre’s WHITE CABIN in the Playhouse at the mainstream Sydney Festival a few years ago, may find TRAPTURE a pallid, but endearing night of naughty children's games.
But those of you that have never encountered sexual boundary riding (real or pretend) will find this a nice and safe entry point to whet your appetites for the real thing if you really, really like it and really, really look for it. This won the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Most Thrilling Theatrical Event Award” in 2010 and is definitely aimed comfortably at the SMH general reader.
Shannon Murphy directs, Lucilla Smith has done a neat design, Teegan Lee, the lighting. Sarah Enright and Simon Corfield are serious and fun. But the best bit, if you are a jaded performance art attendee like me, is the 'genius' of the live performance of Basil Hogios. He was great on my night.
What do you reckon? A laksa and a silly, fun show that might encourage ‘adventures' at home afterwards. The TAMARAMA ROCK SURFERS REALLY expanding our possible theatre boundaries. Go.