Trampoline – Bouncing to Great Heights

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Shane Adamczak is a comic writing genius in my book. His short play Trampoline is one of the most endearingly whimsical love stories to grace the small stage I’ve ever seen. It packs such a ‘feel good’ punch that once its finished you’ll want to go straight back into the theatre and watch it all over again.

Adamczak (Matt) teams up with award-winning actor Amanda Woodhams (Kelly) and the versatile Damon Lockwood to deliver a romantic fable of foibles.

Unconventional Matt struggles with the world.  He has dreams; weird ones that blur the line between what is real in his world and what isn’t, but when Kelly moves into the neighbourhood with a trampoline and a talent for playing guitar, things look up for Matt.

Can love really change everything? Is Kelly the stuff that dreams are made of, or just another figment of Matt’s uncontrollable manifestations?

Matt is a character audiences will find incredibly endearing, right down to his Kenny G t-shirt and mismatched socks. His neurotic diatribe and socially awkward body language capture you from the get-go. I found myself whispering a palpable prayer for something good to happen to him.

Woodhams’ plays both Ms Vangilles (the therapist) and Kelly (the object of Matt’s desires) shifting seamlessly between the two.  In particular, her portrayal of Kelly overflows with heart and real emotion.

Lockwood adds a laugh-out-loud comic layer with his cache of characters ranging from  lonely pizza guy to kooky cousin, philosophical cowboy and bogan school rival.

As a whole, the cast of Trampoline bounce off each other beautifully, evoking emotional somersaults and aerobatics.

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Trampoline was the result of a quirky blog site that Adamczak started while in Montreal last year called ‘Matts Dream Journal’. After a year of writing as Matt,  Adamczak grew to love the characters he’d manifested and realised he had planted the seeds for a feel-good theatre story.

In addition to playing a host of characters, Lockwood is also Trampoline’s director, as well as a highly respected local playwright.

Adamczak knew Lockwood was the right person to undertake the direction of this dialogue-driven work, saying, ‘he gets my sense of humour’.

Lockwood has kept it deceptively simple with great comic timing and the inclusion of some interpretive dance, which got funnier every time it was repeated.

Trampoline shows us that somebody exists out there for everyone.  Real or otherwise.  Put simply, I loved it.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to see this gem at Subiaco Arts Centre tonight or tomorrow night as part of the Independent Theatre Festival.

Shane Adamczak’s Trampoline finishes on Saturday night, so book now.

The Independent Theatre Festival wraps up next week with two shows.  Crash Course, an interactive, educational and immersive piece of theatre, which requires some input from you.  So be prepared.  Secondly, catch The Little Mermaid, a bold reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairytale of the same name told through dance.  Book here.

Author: Tabetha Beggs

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