Boy Girl Wall at Centre of Contemporary Arts
One man, a musician and a collection of sock puppets come together for hilarious comedy theatre Boy Girl Wall next week at CoCA.
After sell-out seasons at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane and Metro Arts Adelaide, The Escapists’ acclaimed comedy Boy Girl Wall hits Centre of Contemporary Arts next week for two nights only.
Utilising chalk, sock puppets, a projector and 25 characters (all played by one talented actor), Boy Girl Wall tells the story of Thom and Alethea, two neighbours in a West End apartment block.
Thom is a hapless IT professional, Alethea is a “writer with writers block”; both are trying desperately to find love and keep their lives from falling apart.
When they fail to find love in the outside world, the wall that divides them will do anything – even destroy itself in the process – to bring this boy and girl together.
Helpmann Award nominee, actor and co-creator Lucas Stibbard transforms between boy, girl, wall and countless other animate and inanimate characters, using imagery and music to create a charming and whimsical world for theatre goers.
His performance is accompanied by live music from Neridah Waters.
“Boy Girl Wall will go from ruminations on the evilness of magpies and the dawn of man, to how to deal with terrible middle-management and the possibilities inherent in the now outdated ‘big crunch’ theory,” Lucas says.
When asked what has made Boy Girl Wall so successful since its premier performance more than three years ago, Lucas says he wishes he knew so they could do it all again.
“The show is a cross between stand-up comedy and theatre that contains a story about love desperately trying to not be a love story,” Lucas explains.
“One guy is running around in a space drawing stuff taken loosely from physics on to chalkboards and, when he gets desperate, using sock puppets.
“I guess people find it funny and heartwarming, despite my horror at the term.
“I like to use the analogy for making a cake to describe Boy Girl Wall.
“You can put in all the right ingredients at a time when people want that particular cake and it will work perfectly and other days it will be burnt on the outside and sticky in the middle and everyone would prefer the cheeseboard.
“I guess we are the right cake at cake time.”
Boy Girl Wall is at Centre of Contemporary Arts on Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20. Tickets are $29/$24, on sale from artscairns.com.au or by phoning 4050 9400.
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Gender divide: Lucas Stibbard in Boy Girl Wall.