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MINKSIE AND RON EXPLORE THE GAP


by Gina Vanessi
presented by F.O.M.O Theatre

at Circa Two, Wellington
From 15 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013



Reviewed by:  Phoebe Smith;

BACK FROM THE DEAD WOMAN PART INSPIRATION FOR ABSURDIST PLAY 

Anita Moorjani's book of her near death experience is part of the massive movement of modern spirituality spearheaded by Deepak Choprah, Eckhart Tolle and Dr Wayne Dyer. ‘Minksie and Ron explore the Gap' by Gina Vanessi toys with the ideas of this movement with absurdist live action mixed with multimedia.

Gavin Rutherford and Gina Vanessi will perform in live action characters as well as taking part in the multimedia sequences which will be filmed in conjunction with ‘Ape on a Whale' productions.

It's surreal, it's a little bit absurd. It's blasphemous and heretical at times. Ron and Minksie playfully argue how the stuff of stuff-ness works. They build domino trails or chalk drawings and hang upside down. Sometimes they watch the window. There are people in the window; a prostitute, a jar collector, a child, an athlete. There's a man who is always drunk and a woman who is always organising. These people are all linked, it is revealed.

Gina says “I'm a big sucker for Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra and the ideas they present. I recently read Anita Moorjani's book about her near-death experience as well. I think I know what she means, and it sounds right and stuff to me. I also love learning about Quantum physics and the weird stuff that happens when people do experiments like Chandra Bose hooking plants up to electromagnetic response devices and Masaru Emoto's water crystals.”

“As blasphemous and heretical as it sounds, what if WE are god? All of us, together? I've got a feeling people have been stoned to death for suggesting this. But when I heard this most recently, I started to feel something, in my chest. And that's where the play starts. It's a journey, into the god-space in my chest. Perhaps you have one too.”

F.O.M.O Theatre's latest production will premiere as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013
Circa Theatre in Circa Two
February 15-23, 7.30pm; 4.30 Sundays