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Fearless, funny and far more than child’s play

Fearless, funny and far more than child’s play
02 Sep
4:23

WORKING WITH CHILDREN
★★★★
By Nicola Gunn
MTC, Southbank Theatre
Until September 29

Making experimental performance with children has become a fascination, one might almost say a fad, in contemporary theatre. The trend has piqued the interest of Nicola Gunn – awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship last week for being one of our most fearless, funny and original performance artists – who uses it as a springboard for her latest show.

In reality, of course, there is no springboard. Nicola Gunn has always been willing to take a leap in the dark, and that is precisely how Working With Children starts.

Inspired: Performance artist Nicola Gunn.

Inspired: Performance artist Nicola Gunn.

Photo: Eddie Jim

Entering without fanfare in a shiny black body suit, Gunn slathers every inch of it, vigorously, with lubricant. Once satisfied with her degree of slipperiness, she throws a bucket of water on the floor. Then, the lights go out, and she launches herself across the stage in a series of monster bumslides.

Such a prologue might well have you asking what’s “appropriate content” for adults, but it also invokes the experience, common to children, of a singular devotion to play that can only exist when the rules are still up for grabs.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/fearless-funny-and-far-more-than-child-s-play-20180902-p501a2.html

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