THEATRE REVIEW: "Threshold" is the hero we need
It's 2018. The government is less on your side than ever before. Who will save you, and those far less fortunate than you, from a fate of right winged politicians and dying print media? Threshold will.
Presented by The Boston Curse, it may not be the hero we want, but it's the one we need. Threshold is here to slap us about a bit and confirm that no, we're not mad for thinking it's crazy to lock innocent everyday people up in offshore prisons.
Cleverly designed, and slightly whitewashed, Threshold is the voice of reason in an overcrowded room of voices that sound reasonable, but when listened to more closely have their own agendas at play. Threshold's story may have been more poignant had their been more diversity, but no member of the audience could argue that they didn't make a point. The work engages in a dialogue covering freedom of speech, Nauru and feminism, with strong scripting leaving little room for opposing views.
We follow four intertwining characters with one thing in common; they've all got a lot to lose in the debate over offshore processing. The actors were stilted in moments, but the overarching themes, the most important part, came across loud and clear. Had there been a more powerful portrayal of human connection between the actors, the piece would have had even more impact.
If you haven't yet made it to a live show of Q&A or The Project, Threshold has you covered this post by-election season.
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