THEATRE REVIEW: Two Canaries is an Ode to Mother Nature
A stage filled with water. Two rocks, with one performer perched on each. A violinist, visible, but at the same time blended into the background of the stage. A melancholic song, echoing throughout the room. This is how Two Canaries begins.
Directed by Alexa Taylor, Two Canaries is an emotional, heartfelt performance, to say the least. Held in the Studio at The Blue Room Theatre, an incredibly intimate venue, the deeper sense of connection that came from being in a smaller audience was inescapable. Performers Zoe Street and Jess Nyanda Moyle expertly took the audience on a journey, beginning in Australia's coal mines, through to a tropical island which was very, very warm, to melting polar regions and back to our own highly industrialised city. Supported by cheeky violinist Brooke Wilson, this play aimed to provide social commentary on the worldwide effect of climate change.
(Photos by Floyd Perrin)
Visually, the various effects used during this performance were simply stunning. From shadows and reflections, through to the use of the water filled stage, it's safe to say that the creative execution of Two Canaries was very impressive. Incorporating live violin, monologue, a bit of dance and singing, this performance was a well-rounded mix of a bit of everything. In a way, this helped create a more natural, genuine feel to the show, presenting thought provoking ideas and encouraging conversation. However, if you're after a show that will get you to "ooh" and "ah", Two Canaries is not the show for you. The vibe was quite mellow, at times comical, but mostly emotional and deep.
Described as "a quiet requiem for a melting world, and a love-song for our future one", Two Canaries is likely to tug at your heartstrings and make you feel emotions you hadn't expected to feel. Be prepared for slight discomfort and nervous energy, balanced with big smiles and warm fuzzies. Two Canaries is well worth the watch, so get your tickets while they're still available.