Thursday, October 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
You don't need to travel all the way to Sydney for world-class theatre, because you'll find it right here in Mackay with Kucom's latest production "Things I know To Be True", by Andrew Bovell.
Set in the home of your "typical" Aussie family, this masterpiece delves deep into the complexities of family dynamics, exploring love, loss, betrayal, morals and the dilemma of "how to share personal struggles with others when those others are the cause".
I wasn’t expecting to be taken on such a rollercoaster of emotions. Stunning and powerful, this show hits you in all of the feels.
I'll be honest, the risk with a suburban family drama is that it has the potential to fall into the realm of offensively stereotypical, (been there, seen that). Fortunately, Kucom's production, under the direction of the talented Victor Scott, is refreshingly cliche-free, presenting a beautifully modern depiction of a family that we can all relate to, in one way or another.
This is Victor's second time directing Andrew Bovell's work, and his experience is evident, with sophisticated staging, epic direction and a perfectly chosen cast.
Every actor was perfection, bringing raw, honest and engaging performances with empathy for each other that was seriously next-level. Their genuine reactions to events in the storyline were extraordinary, and I was engrossed with every developing minute.
Special mention to the accompanying soundtrack, curated by Victor, which adds a texture and layers to the production - so many goosebumps!
At the risk of giving away the ending, the gut-wrenching finale stayed with me for a long time, so this is my recommendation that you wear extra-strength waterproof mascara.
In conclusion, you absolutely must go see this extraordinary show - 19 to 28 October at Kucom Theatre.
Chef's kiss to the cast and crew. More, more more!!!