Arts & Culture Reviews

Infringement Festival: Tuesday

Art Class
If you have the time, drop into an Art Class and learn how to express yourself through visual mediums. If you wait until after hours, you’ll learn about what constitutes “art” – is it something that is simply pleasing to the eye? Or is it much deeper than that? The answer depends on who you ask!
This play follows two characters in finding an unlikely friendship after hours. An easel stands centre stage and bottles of wine are placed around the room; for the best effect, sit facing the back of the easel. The characters are natural and believable, engaging in a power struggle with their sharp words and witty comments. The minimal set and props leave the “art” to your imagination, a focal point in the story. How will this unusual encounter progress? You’ll have to sit back and see for yourself.
Not Snake Oil Peddlers
If you like quips and puns, then this series of skits is for you. Bordering on the absurd, the players strive to make the audience laugh through witty dialogue and plays on words. This group of actors demonstrates their flexibility in performing through a range of characters across different skits. This performance uses minimal props and costume, giving off the vibe of improvisation, with more finesse and unity. These actors transform ordinary chairs and other objects into a variety of props, stretching your imagination in the process. From chicken coops to airport security, to hospital rooms, there’s a little something in this play for everyone.
Is This Me? – A Single Girl’s Struggle
A single desk centre stage, complete with a Macbook and coffee mug. Your typical student’s desk. This play is from the perspective of a girl battling depression after her breakup; she is writing out her experience in attempts to overcome what she’s been going through. It is unsettling in its emotional realism and feels as though you’re getting a glimpse into something far too private for you to be viewing. The lead actress effectively translates her feelings into something the audience can empathize with, and the use of space reflects her loneliness and distance from her friends and family.
These student-written plays express varying skill and understanding of theatre, use of space, characterization, lighting and blocking. Although difficult when an in-the-round theatre, it is useful to be aware of blocking and where the light falls.
Most importantly, the Infringement Festival demonstrates the students’ passion for theatre, and their willingness to come together to make this festival possible. You can catch the next showing of these plays on Thursday night!

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