Fringe Review: The Yonder
With Fringe comes theatre, and with theatre often comes unexpected surprises. The yonder taps into the surprise factor by delivering a 45-minute play centred around the relationship between two men who are working on a spaceship. Shown at the blue room theatre, the show utilises the audience’s imagination as well as their own, illuminating minds.
Comedians Ezel Doruk and Shannan Lim star as the two protagonists, and only characters aboard the ship, the yonder. It is here that they discover not only a giant squid like beast, but also their feelings for one another. Constantly breaking the fourth wall, the majority of laughs are found in the duo’s interaction and interpersonal skills they inhabit when involving the audience. The yonder is not for everyone, explicit sexual references feature heavily, primarily at the expense of the two men as they hilariously try to figure out one another’s feelings. However, some viewers may tire at this type of lude and crude humour. Personally, I thought the two delivered it with another confidence to carry the somewhat blush-worthy jokes off.
Probably not one to take your conservative aunt to, but a well-established and clever act that creatively dares to shock. Two time winners of Melbourne fringe awards, Doruk and Lim (also co-created by Jadye Harding and Tye Norman) have provided a huge progression In their already blossoming careers.