October 23, 2010

Vitalstatistix & The Misery Children

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October 20, 2010

Ruby Bruise
by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Vitalstatistix & The Misery Children
Waterside Workers Hall, 11 Nile Street, Port Adelaide.
October 20. Tickets  $18 – $25.
Bookings at BASS telephone 131246 or
Until October 30.

Ruby Bruise is so full of life and its various experiences that it takes four actors to tell her story. Fin Kruckemeyer’s hypermanic text takes her from birth to 39 in a zany, intense, often troubled series of women’s rites and wrongs. Ruby’s world of wolves and blood, laughs and desperate tears, shows us that although she bruises she will not break.

Imaginatively directed by The Misery Children’s Daisy Brown and performed in a transformed Waterside Hall inside designer Wendy Todd’s intriguing cocoon-like white tent. Mario Spate’s ambient music serves well and the actors – Sarah Brokensha, Elena Carapetis and Ellen Steele move fluently between the sometimes cryptic scenes. Nathan O’Keefe is especially versatile as the fourth bruise. The script still needs polishing but theatrically Ruby Bruise is a little gem.

Murray Bramwell

The Australian, October 23, 2010.

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