Brilliant, captivating and a curious ride, Fracture is a testament to the kind of theatre the Old Fitz is known for. As the first full-length show from writer, director and producer triple threat Lucy Clements, it is impossible to find first-time faults. She has managed to pack thrill and fear, hope and wonder into a single hour. The performance gives audiences chills and laughs with the same frequency, and while lightly aimed at young adult audiences, anyone could find intrigue in this piece.
Dually centered on plot and character, Fracture follows a broken young man trying to take care of himself in very difficult world. Realism is deep in all aspects aside from the set itself, which is artistically adapted from the Old Fitz’s Low Level Panic main show. It successfully acts as an all-in-one living space with fully functional plumbing and erratic window placement to set the play askew and hinting at the dysfunctionality of the character’s lives. The sound design (Michael Toisuta) is haunting, although funnily enough the most comforting sound of the night was the constant rain we could hear through the walls from outside. Thomas Walsh‘s lighting design remained consistent and natural unless highlighting further uncomfortable moments with nightmarish silhouettes I still cannot get out of my head. Another thing I can’t stop thinking about is how incredible the writing is because the characters are so intricate and dimensional within themselves and when interacting. The relationships and underlying desires of each character are a reflection of the quality education and experience every cast and crew member have behind them in portraying.
The four actors were equally amazing in creating likeable and real figures stuck in a terrible situation. The men of Fracture (Tel Benjamin as Tommy, Brandon McClelland as Charlie) were on two different spectrums, balancing comedy and thick drama wonderfully, while still managing to comment on important ideals of masculinity, strength and self-interest. Contessa Treffone manages to explore the same thing single-handedly as Clara, a individual with good intentions and even better light-hearted comedic timing. It is Grace (played by Kate Cheel) who goes on the furthest journey in the audience’s mind. Most of the time Grace is just a triggering comment, but as soon as she comes on stage Cheel commanded attention and raised questions on complex topics like truth and love. Everyone was a standout and manage to bring their characters into a new light by the end of the hour-long performance.
For a quality experience of fresh theatre, Fracture is the show to see, where the audience is always on the edge of satisfaction and concern even after the lights go down.
Fracture is playing the Old Fitz Theatre until August 12
Sabrina Stubbs – Theatre Now & Talking Arts
Sabrina is an independent filmmaker, actress, writer and freelance journalist. Currently studying Communications at the University of Technology Sydney, she has a strong background in the arts and media industries while continuing to undertake passions she loves like travelling around the world and patting any cat or dog she comes across. Twitter: @SabrinaStubbs