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PLAYING WITH APPLES

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WHAT GOES UP…
by Pat-A-Cake Productions
devised by a group of Wellington’s fresh theatre makers
Directed by Bop Murdoch
Produced by Cara Louise
Original music by Te Aihe Butler

at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 20 Aug 2013 to 24 Aug 2013

Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 23 Aug 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post

A few kilos of apples and a folding table are the main props of this new productions at Bats this week. 

What Goes Up is closer to abstract dance than theatre and is built around a game which the actors perform as the audience enters the theatre: a variation of Grandma's Footsteps involving apples, which get eaten, thrown, juggled, and offered to the audience.

There's hardly any dialogue and what there is softly spoken. We do get a hint of what is going on when a couple sit at a table of the Karma Café where they are served only what they deserve.

The programme tells us to relax our entitlement of plot narrative and sharpen our alertness to our own “convection currents of karma affecting the momentum of this community.” Not easy to do when the eating and playing with apples around a table or the nurturing of bodies with a watering can are repeated in numerous variations despite the presence of four likeable performers.
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