|Solomon Thomas and Steve Wilson-Smith in "Coil" - image Rosie Hastie
Mark Rogers, Solomon Thomas, Steve Wilson-Alexander and Carly Young.
by: Rose Maher, Solomon Thomas, Steve Wilson-Alexander
by Solomon Thomas – Screenplay by Mark Rogers
by Carly Young – Automation Programming by Chris Howell
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, August 8th & 9th.
on 8th August reviewed by BILL STEPHENS.
group-devised exploration of experimental video-theatre is an elegy about
loneliness, nostalgia and friendship.
the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre as part of an extensive national tour, “Coil”
is performed in a realistic reproduction of a suburban video shop complete with
videos, DVD, and movie posters. This occupies one side of the stage, and a huge
video screen is arranged on the other.
Wilson-Alexander plays Steve, a charming video store proprietor, who casually addresses
the audience as if it were one of his regular customers. Steve reminisces about
the demise of video shops, his favourite movies, his favourite actors, and his
favourite way of spending time (watching his favourite movies on video). He offers
information about his friends; their favourite movies, favourite actors etc.
|Steve Wilson-Alexander - Rose Maher - Solomon Thomas in "Coil" - image: Lucy Parakhina
Then he introduces
his friends, Rose Maher and Solomon Thomas, and confides that the three of them
are making a movie. He invites the audience to watch them make it.
on a computer on one side of the stage while Solomon operates a hand held video
camera and they immediately set about quickly filming a series of filler shots
with Steve playing all the roles. These shots are filmed out of sequence and
make no sense.
are satisfied they have enough material, they quickly assemble it and run the
film in real time; technology blurring reality and fantasy with results that
are hilarious and fascinating.
As the filming
and the movie progresses however, the audience finds itself privy to a
conversation between Steve and Rose, during which Rose accuses Steve of living
in the past rather than face the future. Refusing to be caught up in his life
any longer she ends the friendship.
weaving of fantasy and reality, live theatre and technology is not only subtly subversive;
it is also hugely entertaining and unexpectedly moving. But best of all, it leaves
the audience with unanswered questions about life, technology and the future.
|Solomon Thomas - Stever Wilson-Alexander in "Coil" - image: Lucy Parakhina.
This review also published in AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW. www.artsreview.com.au