Paperclips And Ammunition (7blue)
By Penelope Hervouet | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016
Sensibility clashes with bureaucratic rigidity in this original writing by Australian company 7blue. Failed teacher William attempts to get a job in the navy and, faced by a stern interviewer, he reflects back on his own school years. The piece switches between past and present, to reveal the schoolboy desperately trying to define his career choices with an unhelpful and unscrupulous headmaster. The idea is interesting but doesn’t come across on stage clearly enough. Well written, if a little verbose, the text is full of puns and absurd humour, displaying a large variety of literary techniques which create some comical moments. Overall, it’s a good attempt from these young writers and actors but there’s definitely room for improvement.
C Nova, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Pénélope Hervouet]