"Life was never meant to be easy" and for some it just gets harder the older you get. Self-love (but not that way, silly) and addictions. Looking for someone to share your journey – but it's your 'journey' after all.

What is your story? How would you depict 'your journey' mid-way through your life? Would you take the high road, or the low road? Self-talk yourself up (the new 'selfie') or deprecate yourself into your base addiction? I was once told that "everyone is born equal" but that has never been the case, to my mind. The journey... ah yes, that much-touted narrative for creatives alike: Declan Greene nails it. Declan writes us into his play, Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, and bares many truths – in more ways than one.

A cast of two – this is no mean feat for any actor, appear on the stage at The Drill Hall Theatre on Saturday night. The stage, let me explain, is as minimal to the eye as the cast but has maximum impact. Just what is needed, no more and no less to confuse the eye. As with most succinct sets, this is more than enough to impress the audience. The set slides in and out, boxes for beds, tables and window, blinds, television screen and lighting 'just right'. The actors seamlessly adapting the set to their requirements, throughout the performance, whilst the play on words continues. Amazing self-choreography: acting and stage management in one continuous fluid movement. This is a play on life, on words, on feelings and emotions: love gone awry, love gone to the glove and love gone shopping. "In a dream, I found the freedom I deserve."  Personalities trying to fit, so they can have "something more than work and masturbation" and get what they want, get what they need or just get something. What the audience got was a reflection on life – as it is now, and possibly will be in the future. A life-lesson, to my mind, on how not to get caught in the trap of your own making.

Director Liz Chance weaves her magic and the cast-of-two, Kasadevi Curtis and John Rado, hold our hands through their drama, very convincingly, I might add! Man and woman, lonely, desperate for a hook-up and hoping to find something more than what they have had. Well, such is the case for the woman (a penis has always come with a few more advantages, ha ha ha). The characters have no names, but we know them! We work with them; they are our friends; perhaps they are our coevals – perhaps they are us? By the end of the play, they have laid their souls bare and we know that some things will never change. The digital age has given us an extendo-voice, but has seeped into our souls. What can we find there? 

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography is a misleading title in as much as there is no pornography. Nudity, sure, but how else do you hone down to the bare essentials? As with any production, the effort is Herculean to arrive 'on stage' with much preparation and LOVE of THEATRE. Yes. Love comes in many shapes and sizes: this theatre-love involves a group effort, so let me applaud the 'others'. Set design Tom Bannerman; Lighting and Graphics Design John Rado (he is everywhere); Sound design Chris Wesely; and Set Construction Tom Bannerman, Alex Benham, Geoffrey Moon, Mark Warburton, Jackson Rado, Mel Rudge and Mike Russo. Please come and work on my house, I love what you've done with the stage! Lighting Operator Fynn Curtis; Sound Operator David Stewart and Stage Manager Susie Cornell. Well done – it takes a team to build a play.

"This morning I woke up..." The self-talk, self-denial, self-loathing and self-peptalk outlining what might be, if only. Habits, dreams and wishes and "the guilt of feeling no guilt" (I'd like some of that, thanks) weaving through another day.  Rado's line, "technically speaking, I'm already dead" showing the naked truth. Thought-provoking theatre at it's best: I love live theatre. Take a bow Liz Chance. Kasadevi Curtis and John Rado, you never let us down. Immaculate acting and hugely convincing. Bravo.

Event details

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
by Declan Greene

Director Liz Chance

Venue: The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby NSW
Dates: 16 September – 2 October 2022
Tickets: $30 – $25
Bookings: www.drillhalltheatre.org.au

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