2016 was a strange year, but it was undeniably lit.
Where do I even begin to describe 2015?
2015 was the year that I met amazing people and made friends I know will be around for a long time.
2015 was the year that I worked my ass off and reached my goals.
2015 was the year that I got a taste of the real world and thrived from it.
Picture this: You’re super busy, perhaps you’re shopping up a storm, testing out the NARS Steven Klein collection, and suddenly you’re juggling the products and a big hand bag on your arm, and then you start to ache; big red and white lines appear from where you’ve accidentally cut circulation, then finally, you leave the store with nothing to show for your trouble.
His music needed one thing. Her.
Captivating from the moment you stepped into the beautiful Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Once the Musical takes you on a journey about love, inspiration, and the power of dreaming.
This musical had me speaking in an Irish accent in record time, while also tugging on a heart string which made me want to run home and sit at my piano, forgetting that I could only play a handful of songs and can barely read sheet music.
Speaking from a year 12 VCE Theatre Studies student perspective, there were many technical aspects of Once which I could not ignore, one being the highly noticeable use of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Epic Theatre’ as the base theatrical style. Although the ‘fourth wall’ was hardly broken, an actor-audience relationship was established through the use of music and the ‘Verfremdungseffekt’ – also known as the ‘Alienation effect’ which reminds the audience that they’re watching a play, rather than become too immersed into the world of the play. This helped to create an actor-audience relationship as the ‘spectators’ were exposed to the complexities of the play, such as stagecraft elements which, instead of being changed during a black out, were changed in clear view. Although it did distance the audience, it also lured them in, as it built curiosity and evoked further thought about aspects which are not normally though about during a performance, such as “where did that come from?” “I really want to know what’s behind that door” “Did he really just change his pants off in front of a girl he just met?” and finally “why do I keep believing that those three chairs are a bed?”
This effect was used a lot throughout the play, as the characters also served a practical purpose and were responsible for transforming the performance space from one place to another. Set in modern Dublin, the world of the play was created with quite a sensible set, which was easily manipulated to represent different places. However there were aspects of the set which were really detailed, and each detail became significant throughout the play. Many objects were used to represent other objects (for example: chairs were moved together to create a bed) which was not only practical, but demonstrated a complex level of presentation by director John Frost.
There were many other conventions of epic theatre which were prominent in Once (I made a whole list) which I can only touch on, but most importantly, this theatrical style was demonstrated through characterisation. The characters were significant symbols of Epic Theatre, especially noticeable through things like their names and titles; the two main characters are referred to as “guy” and “girl“, and there is also the “bank manager“, which literally depict who they are and their status in the play.
Moving on from my painful analysis (sorry!) the music in this show was fantastic and was performed by an incredibly talented cast! The leads, Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones not only had impeccable voices, but could play their respective instruments flawlessly. The rest of the cast was equally as breath taking. Each person demanded attention for their performances, even when in an ensemble, however one person who really stood out was Amy Lehpamer, a violinist and singer who played the role of Reza. She showed a lot of energy which was quite encapsulating from the moment I took my seat.
I really did enjoy Once, it exceeded any expectations which I had for this production! If you’re into stories with [somewhat] complex characters, meaningful messages, subtle comedy (which is expressed and received extremely well), open-to-interpretation-type musicals which have been faultlessly directed and impeccably performed, Once is definitely the show to see!
… I’m being serious, I’m Czech.
Furthermore, if you want to understand the above reference, you’ll need to see the show!
Once The Musical is showing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre until December 31, 2014 and as cliche as it may sound, this musical really does only come around Once.
Get your tickets to Once the Musical here
Check out the official site of Once here
I’d also like to say a big thank you to Valissa from Nuffnang for giving me the opportunity to see this show! It has been a fantastic and motivating experience being Nuffnang blogger!
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