The Photo Box.
Created and performed by Emma Beech. Directed by MishGrigor. Vitalstatistix and Brink Productions. The Space. Adelaide Festival Centre Adelaide Festival. March 3 – 7
Reviewed by Peter Wilkins.is about sharing, about telling Beech’s story through photos and videos of her family. The Photo Box is more than one woman’s story. It is the shared journey through life that is common to all. It is Beech’s particular story of her large family of nine siblings from the Riverland town of Barmera. It is the story of the youngest child of John and Betty. It is also the story of the youngest of the nine brothers and sister, the eldest being twenty years older than Beech.
And so the sentimental journey begins with a box of photos given to Beech by her parents when preparing for their inevitable departure. Nearly a quarter of a century later they are still alive and the nine boxes tell the tale of each child’s life from their birth to adulthood.
At the back of the set large frames hand from a sliding track on which images of various times in the family’s life are projected. The floor space turns to blue to become the water of the main feature of the town, Lake Bonney Barmera. The lighting changes as Beech moves her story through various locations such as the family home, Denmark, a dance floor, an ICU ward, an Escort Agency Reception desk, the long road to Barmera and other locations that become the scene for reenactments of Beech’s story.wife and the mother of her three daughters. delighted by Beech’s shared journey and enriched by the awareness that we too are special.
Photos by Sam Roberts