Last year saw Tasmanian band Luca Brasi hit the road to play the biggest shows of their career; multiple sold out headlining runs, as well as doing the festival circuit with Laneway, Splendour In The Grass, Falls, and their very own Tasmanian based festival ’Til The Wheels Fall Off.
A tale as old as a few too many Jägerbombs: a young girl from Scarborough falls for a locally famous DJ, gets knocked up and follows through with her teenage pregnancy. A struggle for money, loss of identity, lack of community brings a story-many-times-told to the stage.
In an attempt to resurrect self-proclaimed prophet and erstwhile founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, the troupe have a crack at satirising the pseudo-religion / pseudo-science, constructing a hilarious, yet messy, comedy rock opera.
Directing the compilation play, Andrew Jefferis fills in the intermediary characters breaking up scenes, opening doors, and playing the father Chubukov in the Proposal. Producing a number of laughs on his own, his talent really lies in the selection and tailoring each of the own characters to a corresponding actor; fitted like a second skin.
Sitting in a circle, a macabre soundtrack plays in the distance as ringmaster Phillips plants seeds of doubt in the hearts of participants. Turning lovers against each other, and creating new sources of family turmoil; Nicholas guides the game’s interactions as a skilled and charming puppeteer.