RECONNECT – No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability

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This performance was a joy in a more authentic way than almost any other theatre you could hope to see. It’s clear that the Artistic Director, Alirio Zavarce, has genuine respect for his cast. That goes for the other artists and on-stage helpers, too.

All three pieces which made up the Reconnect programme, as the director and others pointed out, were developed from the cast’s own ideas, feelings and experiences.

All action took place on a clear stage, before a large upstage screen on which there were suitable projected images, some still, some moving.

The first, Soundscape to Our Memories, had a largely Aboriginal theme, and had traditional music, including didgeridoo, as background to the Aboriginal stories told to us by the cast.

The second piece was very moving. With the title Small Wondrous Little Things, and with supportive movement and vocals by the ensemble, individuals came forward to tell of their experiences and hopes. All were heartfelt and sincere and importantly, all showed well-honed acting skills and sense of theatre. Kym Mackenzie and Ryan Roland‘s monologues were particularly moving and effective.

The final segment, Shipwreck, featured the whole ensemble moving onshore from a cruise liner. Their interactions were at times funny, at times full of anger, but always well-coordinated, colourful and entertaining.

This company will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year and the 2019 programme, to be launched in January, looks most promising. Zavarce and his troupe are adventurous and resourceful. We should all go to see their fine work.