FRINGE REVIEW: TINDERBOX AT THE BALLYGLUTTONY

Local theatre company, Second Story Productions’ Fringe show, Tinderbox is an engaging  cautionary fable for our modern age.

Jaxon has cheated Adele and they have split up. His best mate is keen for him to move on and to find someone else – at least for some recreational sex, if nothing else.

He suggests setting up a Tinder profile so that Jaxon can start swiping his way back to sexual fulfilment as soon as possible.

Jaxon subsequently organises to meet Ivy at a pub in North Adelaide and, after a drunken night imbibing Jagerbombs, he wakes up back at his place with Ivy’s blood splattered all over his shoes and the floor…but Ivy is nowhere to be found.

Jaxon is now in big trouble. He is soon incarcerated, jailed after he makes a confession to a murder, even though no-one knows what happened to Ivy’s body.

The structure of the narrative is every clever, told partly through police station interrogation, part in flashback and some of it in present time, and the transitions between the scenes is handled skilfully and seamlessly.

The ensemble cast, all part-time amateur actors, are convincing enough in their respective roles, albeit all guilty, at times, of allowing lapses in the maintenance of the intensity levels the situation depicted demands.

In terms of the sexual banter between mates, the script is a bit over the top at times and seems a bit too forced to be fully believable, but that is a minor quibble really. For the most part, the show is tightly drawn and moves through the narrative at a quick clip.

The hour long show actually passes by in a blink of an eye because the storyline so quickly hooks you into its web of mystery and intrigue.

Full marks to all involved, too, for their collective ability to maintain the drama when the cheesy pop music emanating loudly from the venue next door was supplying such a surreal and oppositional musical juxtaposition to the action unfolding on the stage.

Tinderbox is definitely worth checking out.

Rating: 3 1/2  stars

Tinderbox is being performed at The Bally, in Gluttony, until March 18. Performances commence at 11:25pm.