'The More I Know' / Laura McKenzie
THE MORE I KNOW
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You’re at your high school formal. True by Spandau Ballet is playing when you see a girl from across the room. You’ve seen her before. She moved to the school at the start of the year. She’s in one of your classes. Biology, maybe. It’s hard to say cos you usually sit up the front, and she’s down the back. So you only see her when you twist all the way around, which isn’t often. Anyway as well as that she looks different tonight. Beautiful. I guess she was always beautiful but you never really noticed it til now. And now that you see her there, across the room, it hits you like a tonne of bricks. And next thing you know you’re on your back. And the lights have changed, the music’s different. The disco ball is shimmering above your head. You are having visions, you think. They’re either visions or else, your formal has gone completely mad.
And so unfolds The More I Know. A play that sprouted last year in my theatre writing uni subject. I’d been trying all year, to squish it into a short film format. Only to realise that film would not accommodate something like this. The More I know is an abstract and tangible experience, that could only be achieved in theatre. The thought of producing a play frightened me, due to my lack of experience, but I thought, to heck with it. And thankfully the risk is paying off, and the play’s looking pretty darn sweet, thanks to the beautiful bunch of artists we have on board.
For starters, there are the actors; Bryn Dickson, Hannah Holmes, Linus Tolliday, Eliza Callil, Lois Scott and Tennessee Baz-Jeffrey. Highschool characters, which are so unavoidably classed into stereotypes, are shown new layers of complexity in their portrayal of the teenagers in this play. From comedic relief to tales of heart-wrenching regret, these six have it covered.
In addition, we have Gabriel Strachan and Tim Palstra, who provide the musical heartbeat to the performance. Their live composition for the whole duration of the play is in itself a piece of art. If you like music but tend to think that contemporary theatre may not be your thing, then you should come just to see the live music. Honestly. So darn good.
And then if you don’t like live music or contemporary theatre then come for the drinks? Or come for a fun immersive experience where you can pretend you are in any-movie-prom-scene-ever? And if you don’t like the sound of any of those things then good riddance.
THE MORE I KNOW
Preview performance ($10 tix? What?!) 28/08
Meat Market Stables
Crn Wreckyn and Courtney Streets, North Melbourne