Tim Winton’s “SIGNS OF LIFE”

A bold, fairly minimal setting – almost 2-dimensional, made me concentrate on the performances in this play which were intense and engaging. We might have been watching figures move about on a tapestry revealing the true depth of their inner world – exploring memories, fears, life and landscape. Moments of humour leavened and revitalised the drama. I particularly liked that the set featured a dimensional fracture that ran down the line of a gum tree – this allowed the ghost of Lu to pass into the here and now as Georgie reflected on their relationship and their connection with the land. They wore very similar flannelette shirts, Lu’s was a lighter, faded hue which was a great touch that helped underline the deep emotional bond between these two characters.

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