Reviewed Friday, February 12th 2010 (continues until March 13th)
Bunk Productions present Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur, Rundle Park, cnr East Tce & Rundle St, AdelaideSeason: February 12-14, 16-18, 20-28 at 6.20pm; March 1-7, 9-13 at 6.20pm
Tickets: $15-$20 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
It’s easy to see why Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones was nominated for Best Puppetry Show at last year’s Adelaide Fringe. Canada’s Jeff Achtem returns for a second inspirational season this year, with a comedy suitable for the whole family.
More than just shadow puppet theatre, Jeff prepares each skit before your eyes on a stage littered with bric a brac that he magically transforms into a galloping horse, a chess match, a ninja master and more. At times, he uses all four extremities, lying on his back with feet and legs each adding to the shadow plays.
Some minor audience participation sees one unsuspecting victim dukeing it out with a shadow, while a teddy gets brain surgery at the opera in another skit. The sweet romance of old love is a highlight, but none more so than watching Jeff at work. He’s a master of the art, able to entertain both on stage and in the shadows.
The intimacy of Le Cascadeur in the Garden of Unearthly Delights is the right sized setting for a show like this, while the 40-minute run time brims with enough illusion to fill an hour. The preview performance was backed by Achtem’s ample experience in the art; more than ready for a full-paying audience.
He’ll leave you wanting more.
Reviewed by Glam Adelaide Arts Critic, Rod Lewis.