Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014

A Four-Eyed Guide to the Galaxy, MFF 2014

0 Comments 26 September 2014

Space, the final frontier, is worth braving with the charming and funny Rowena Hutson as Buzz, a lonely astronaut with a broken heart.

Directed by Joseph O’Farrell, A Four- Eyed Guide to the Galaxy sees Buzz and her sausage-dog Sputnik alone on earth after a mass exodus of the human race to Mars. Not only does Hutson manage to carry the audience through an hour show all on her own, Buzz also comes through as a lovely, endearing space geek dreaming of the stars who just wants a little bit of company.

Performing in the Fringe Hub, Huston uses the performance space with great dexterity, even at times leaping through the audience. No stranger to physical theatre, Huston employs some hilariously daggy dance moves as we make our way through her story of how she ended up where she is today. O’Farrell’s choice of simple lighting, openly hand-crafted set design and a great soundtrack of classic 80s space ballads works very well to fit in with Buzz’s story and maintain the high energy of the one-woman show. From the get-go the performance is lively and fun, with Buzz proving herself to be a sympathetic and captivating host.

What’s great about this show is how it is¬†accessible for all ages, as Hutson works off the audience with questions, jokes and discussion. It’s quite the spectacle – replete with space themed pyjamas and Sputnick never leaving her side, Hutson gives her audience a very strong performance.

For all the singing and dancing along with carefully drawn galaxies and a lovingly hand built rocket, the show really revolves around Buzz’s innocence, sincerity and hope. The spectators become a part of her world, a participant in her quest to fulfil her dreams of space. With enthusiasm and laughter, we happily follow Buzz along for the ride, feeling privileged to partake in an adventure with such a lovable and damn cute character. Huston is particularly moving in quiet moments discussing her absent father and mother, managing to reflect on tricky subject matter without bringing down the up-beat and hopeful mood of the show.

For lovers of her previous successful Fringe show The Unstoppable, Unsung Story of Shaky M you will recall how well Hutson was able to portray an optimistic but lonely soul, impossible not to like while subtly commenting on society. Similarly in this show, Hutson delivers a poignant message under all the laughs, if only we’d tried a little harder to look after our beautiful planet Earth.

O’Farrell and Hutson have done a wonderful job in bringing this fun show to life, leaving the audience wondering if this is indeed the future us humans have to look forward to.

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