FoRT is a physical theatre show that uses everyday objects such as a sofa, chairs, coffee table, ironing board, mops and brooms as a vehicle for creating imaginary landscapes and providing a stage for Christy Flaws and Luke O’Connor to showcase their acrobatic and circus skills.
The audience is invited into the world of the imagination, where camping in the wilderness, walking on the moon, climbing Everest or floating over the land in a hot air balloon are all possibilities. This show uses sounds, lighting and music to create the atmosphere, as there is no spoken script.
It is a play about the possibilities of play using only found objects and a sense of wonder. Simple in concept but showcasing high-level skills, the performers were careful to add a disclaimer at the end of the show, to check with a supervising adult before attempting the more spectacular physical feats.
My normally fidgety three and half year old grand-daughter was totally engaged throughout the show, watching not only the show, but also the shadow play on the walls some of the scenes created.
FoRT is a great introduction to physical theatre for younger audiences and a reminder to the older members of the pleasure of making dens under tables, obstacle courses in the sitting room and generally repurposing everyday objects to create different worlds.