Rejects Revenge, Dusty Fruit

Review in Issue 9-4 | Winter 1997

Rejects Revenge comprise the collective talents of Tim Hibberd, Ann Farrar and David Alison and were formed seven years ago. They have a consummate command of physical and storytelling techniques and set pieces are executed with a great deal of energy and control.

The company dip into a deep sack of theatre styles, from the sublime to the ridiculous. The mime which accompanies much of Ann Farrar’s narration has echoes of Indian storytelling. Some moments, such as a routine involving crates which walk about before being catapulted around the stage, is pure music hall; evoking the silliness and perfect timing of Morecombe and Wise’s classic stripper/kitchen sketch.

Dusty Fruit also contains snapshots of dramatic magic, such as Hibberd’s slow motion fall down a flight of stairs. Special mention must be given to Mike Wight’s superbly atmospheric lighting and Alice Power’s adaptable set. With a small budget these two designers use a great deal of imagination to create an environment which is used by the performers as a tool instead of merely a backdrop.

The main problem with the show, however, seems to lie with the question of target audience. It is superb as a piece aimed at young people; witty enough not to be patronising, and physically inventive enough to entrance the most hyperactive soul. But unfortunately, it does not offer enough in the way of intellectual nourishment to satisfy an adult audience.

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