LOL – heaps!
This is La Mama at its best - supporting, helping to develop, and producing good writing in performance.
On an unassuming set with two computers side by side, Status Update opens with a wheelchair bound person engaged at a computer. When the door opens and slams one expects a greeting to be made, as another person enters the space and hurriedly connects to their - ‘on-line life’. The greeting is made through Facebook.
Though literally next to each other, metaphorically a great distance apart, two robust, complex and emotionally volatile characters reveal themselves, bit by bit, to each other, whilst much more fully to the audience. They are communing on-line, doing their best to read each other, through scant and/or fabricated information in a search for, you guessed it, ‘love’. And, yes, it is an exciting and expensive journey.
Peta Brady and Danielle Carter work together with impeccable comic timing. The direction by Sue Jones is sensitive, astute and supportive. The sound by Pete Goodwin and lighting by Bec Etchell endorse and enhance surprises, changing moods and atmospheres.
This is a beautifully realised piece, of wholly relevant contemporary theatre that embodies and explores the blurring division between the real and the imagined.
Imagr: Danielle Carter and Peta Brady from Status Update