Reviewer: David Doyle
Clown Funeral combine a darkly amusing, and thought-provoking script with smart staging, and an unusual artistic practice to create a show that delivers on several fronts. The Murderer deals with society’s relationships with those convicted of crimes through the story of one convicted murderer forced to live with a carer while being rehabilitatedand reintroduced into society. It’s a smart premise that allows for both strong comedic moments as well as for a thoughtful exploration of the criminal justice system.
While the show has a clever script it is the staging that is most impressive. A trio of moving frames pirouettes across the space forming a constantly changing landscape. Simple yet effective the result is constantly morphing scenery, which keeps the show visually exciting throughout.
The set isn’t the only clever element in the show, though. Some beautiful physicality brings an added life to the show; a staging of a badminton match is a particularly memorable treat. For all the strengths there are hints of a youthfulness that weaken elements of the show with certain moments, particularly one dance number, that strays into being slightly too long.
However, the show is a joy to watch. Staged with a different trio of actors on a rotating basis nightly, the show is ambitious in form. That ambition mirrored in the complexity of the script, and the deftness of the presentation is exciting from a young company. The Murderer is a cleverly conceived show, with an impressive execution that marks Clown Funeral out as a company to watch in the future.
Runs until 29 August 2016 | Image:Contributed