Lockpick Pornography is an outrageous transgressive production at the La Mama Courthouse, Carlton, as part of the Midsumma Festival. Performed by Christopher Bryant, who is a multi-talented writer and performer, along with the director Emma Palackic, both have successfully adapted a serialized novella by Canadian writer Joey Comeau.
A solo show, Bryant has delved into his indelible self and offered us a confronting and challenging performance. His quest for truth is resonant in this one-man delivery, addressing the audience with an anarchic-post-punk energy and fashion.
Lockpick Pornograph yis a force to be reckoned with; a powerfully driven anti-narrative story punched with gender-queer adventures. Bryant delivers an exposé on the suburban mayhem malaise within the constraints of a right- wing political climate.
It features a minimal and dimly lit set with a dynamic audio arrangement and uncompromising visual show. Both Palackic and Bryant have managed to tease out the quintessential ingredients from the original source and offered their audience a palatable serving of hair-raising questions that would throw the uninitiated into the deep end.
It is a risqué production which catered for the specificity of the Midsumma audiences and all others who come along for the ride.
Editor's note: We have nee asked by the performer / developer to specify that the reviewed performance was an 'in development' showing.