If you are like me, the idea of an evening spent at serious-sounding theatre doesn’t usually present an enticing prospect. The mind is filled with images of serious-looking performers delivering serious lines to serious-minded audiences. Thankfully for those like us, Fringe World has a theatre show that doesn’t forget to bring the laughs.
The show in question is Will Eno’s Pulitzer-prize-nominated play Thom Pain (based on nothing), a darkly absorbing and humorous journey inside one man’s muddled-up mind.
What strikes you instantly is the calibre of the writing, which somehow manages to keep the laughs coming while never losing sight of its lofty existential ambition: to expose the pain we all live with.
But it is in the performance of Andrew O’Connell, who assumes the role of the play’s eponymous hero, that the words truly take flight. Here he is able to show off every inch of his acting prowess, some times cajoling, other times challenging, the audience, all with a consummate ease.
For those looking for a fun night out that also leaves a lasting impression, Thom Pain is the show for you. This is a pain that is all gain. Chris Prindiville
Thom Pain (based on nothing) is on as part of Fringe World in Perth, at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.
Dates: January 27th and 28th, and February 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Visit www.fringeworld.com.au for tickets and further information.