We all have phobias and it is often surprising to discover some of the coolest people in the room suffer from the same anxiety that we do.  HeySorryGottaGoBye focuses on some of these shared terrors.

Having spent six months interviewing friends and family about their phobias, Claudia Osbourne and Thomas De Angelis have put together a ‘multi sensory installation’ that delves into them and creatively takes the audience into the mind of a phobic’s emotions and thoughts as he dives into the danger zone.

There is a creative use of rear projection, puppetry, silhouette work and videography to create a surreal environment for the expression of this production. Daniel Harris’ animation design and Angus Mills’ sound design were integral to the shows success.  Director, Claudia Osborne has used an interesting meld of styles to create a slightly unsettling yet familiar feeling for the audience as we travel with our hero on his harrowing journey.

Early on the device of projected text messaging fell foul of venue logistics as it was hard to catch the text from the second row – audience heads were in the way. Back row audience would have struggled with this. Fortunately this device was short lived and the remainder of the projections were not affected by sight lines. The ending of the production was a little sudden and could do with a little tweak but did not take anything away from this rewarding experience.

The puppetry was inventive, abstract and not overused, keeping the production in the paranoid world of our hero. Physicality and choreography was tight from all three actors. The production got a little lost in the middle but was still visually interesting enough to sustain our attention and keep us on the journey.

Grace Victoria and Charlie Devenport provided the support roles for this production playing the hero’s friends and contributing puppetry and silhouette performances. At times some performances were a little big but this may have been an attempt to distort reality as this story is told through the eyes of the subjects phobias.

The show is driven by our hero and Sam Brewer excelled. The opening moments were a little forced but Brewer settled in to a fine performance.He had the right mix of energy and pathos. Driving this short production through to its end.

Overall HeySorryGottaGoBye is an inventive production and well worth heading over to 107 projects to see.

Lynden Jones – Theatre Now