Writer: Wil Greenway
Reviewer: R.G. Balgray
Wil Greenway is out there. Funny but vulnerable, poetic but the extraordinary common man, Australian. His piece, These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone, currently running at the Underbelly Med Quad, is billed as Storytelling/Comedy, but it seems to take his audience to somewhere more, as they journey through his whimsical world.
Sharing is what he’s about. Sharing his feelings, his imaginary friend, his history, his world. It’s a world where the magic of the ordinary – a rainy day in Melbourne, a tram ride – jostles with his highly-developed sense of the ridiculous – should it really be that shirt ? But in this world, the dullness of everyday life is full of a romantic sense of possibility, of something that might actually happen. His storytelling, multi-layered and highly personable, is what carries this all off: partly through lightness of touch, partly through mateyness, partly through relating to his audience so well. In his hands, seizing and cherishing the moment can seem like the only workable life philosophy, and charming into the bargain. His accomplices, Kathryn Langshaw and Will Galloway, with their musical interventions, highlight how close it all is to the lyricism of song. All this, and funny too.
Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed