Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre, Physical Fiction - Advanced Term Students

Review in Issue 8-1 | Spring 1996

Shows from the school are produced purely by the students and it was admirable to see this group taking the bold step of booking a studio at The Riverside. The show, consisting of four pieces, lacked the content and presence to really capture the audience but displayed many of the varied techniques taught at the school to ensure an altogether enjoyable evening.

Forty Winks brought us the colourful land of the ‘noggs’. Simple and effective costumes combined with good group montages to keep this piece going, with a stage full of flamingos as the satisfying final twist.

Brain Games was much more sinister with five actors using strong physical technique and musical accompaniment. Though heavy on mime it developed well, portraying striking emotions through the actors’ movements and interaction.

Short, sharp and very enjoyable, the tightly choreographed duo piece Friendship was an explosive three-way dance between two people and a piece of fruit.

Finally, Plugged in and Tuned Out pitted four mad inventors against an evil professor out to control people. The actors moved comfortably from characters to objects and abstract movement, taking the audience on a pleasing journey.

Artforms
Presenting Venue
Date Seen
  1. Dec 1995

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Issue 8-1
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