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 ‚Äď awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship last week for being one of our most fearless, funny and original performance artists ‚Äď 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.
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‚Äôs ‚Äúappropriate content‚ÄĚ 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.