Late July I had the privilege of being taken on the biggest emotional roller coaster a show has taken me in sometime.
Prior to the performance as a contributor of Same Same I was tempted to put something up but felt conflicted. As the proceeds were going towards supporting the volunteer program I run and benefit our organisation it might have been perceived as bias.
My view has changed, it now feels like a community service to get the word out there about this show and as my conflict is past… you need to know.
A couple of months ago when brainstorming a few fundraising ideas for the $80,000 dollars Lentil As Anything is trying come up with to update its Abbotsford venue. A volunteer (Peter Condon) humbly said “you know I have a show, maybe I could run it sometime not sure how much but the money could go to lentil.”
Rare occasions exist in a lifetime when you meet someone who is completely oblivious to their genius. Peter Condon writer and actor performing Markus De Port last month created one of those occasions.
Stating “I really hope people can relate to at least one of six characters, when I heard the gasp with Raelene I wasn’t sure… too far?” Markus De Port is not for the easily offended and yes maybe Raelene pushed the boundaries, in fact I suspect the gasp was from me.
However if you’re looking for piece where you identify so strongly with the stories or feel you know the cast (of one) so well you cringe, cry and laugh so hard your face hurts then this is the show.
Condon managed to take you to the edge of every emotion then when it felt on the brink sent you through another section of the emotional roller coaster.
Little did I know how extraordinary this individual is. I turned up expecting to be like the proud show mum or the ever suffering community supporter. Front row and ready to do my duty or in this case about to be put in my place. Few props at the ready on simple hall table with a backdrop of flocked wallpaper, overhanging chandelier and a simple stage. I am reminded that Hares & Hyenas the kind of venue that doesn’t suffer fools, style all the way with a space only for talent.
I won’t go into details and ruin it as I feel the experience should only be shared with those who front up. I will say the show hits Tap Gallery Fri – 3rd & 10th August 10pm Sat – 4th & 11th August 10pm Sun – 5th August 8pm for a season. There’s also a limited season at The Butterfly Club– Melbourne 6th – 9th September. Venues have limited seat numbers and seasons so get in quick.