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Let There Be Thistles

dusty bums productions · Ages 12+ · one person show · New Zealand

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Review by CAT LACOHIE

June 05, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The trifecta of acting, writing and directing.

Joshua Thomas is magnetic to watch as he is 100% immersed in his world. So alive and present that even when at moments the words ran away from me I was still. 100% engaged in what was unfolding before me.

The writing made me want to buy the script and study it not just for the musings and intellectual debate but also for the hilariously quotable one-liners and excusing defendable rants. “What’s the point in toast.. it’s already been cooked once” (I paraphrase of course), moments of ChickenEgg and debates on who the flea belongs to.. such delightfully scrumptious lexicon.

What I didn't like

the beginning was spoiled by the stage announcement.. as you enter the theatre you’re already in the world, with the actor already in action on stage. You’re there, you’re immersed and then .. “please be aware of your exits etc.” urgh.. it took me out of it and spoiled what had already been set up. I wouldnt want to lose the walking in and ‘discovering’ the actor so I’m not sure how you get around this is this announcement is legally required – can we be told at the door going in?

My overall impression

One of my favourite shows of the fringe so far. This was like watching Richard E Grant do a one-man version of Waiting For Godot.

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