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Jangle

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Jangle is the story of Toby, a strung-out former Krishna. We watch as his hysteria, beliefs and cracked ego slowly meld into one hell of a breakdown. He meets Kerri, a super-smiley Krishna who, due to dreaming of him once, is drawn to him. The collision of these two personalities builds to not one but two horrible acts.

Jangle is a play about losing it. A play of mania and self-doubt. It is for a large part of its 45-ish minute running time a monologue. Toby spitting words and twisted wit at the audience. As a journey through one character’s psyche it is enthralling and markedly well detailed, if somewhat over long. When the monologue breaks into duologue with Kerri it comes as a relief from the in-yer-face of Toby, and a few more of these breaks would have been nice. But apart from that Jangle sits within its running time perfectly. Writer/director Mitch Tawhi Thomas has an almost holistic grasp of just how to poke and prod and provoke an audience without it becoming unbearable.

Thomas also performs the role of Toby, stepping in reportedly two hours before opening when credited actor Guy Capper became unavailable at short notice, and when you consider his brief peroid to acclimatise to the role, his performance is a real knockout. He has a magnetism and energy as he bounds across the detritus-ridden stage making Toby very much a full character rather than some crazed monster. Clare Wilson once again shows profound promise and clarity in her performance. Never once does she grate or caricature.

Jhan Lindsay performs live a soundtrack of her own songs, all of which are haunting and fit the work very well. Jennifer Lal’s lighting is evocative and dynamic, especially when you consider the sharp turnover of a show in the three-a-night pile at BATS.

Jangle is a tiny gem of a show. With some work and shaping it could be a masterpiece.

Jangle
Written/directed by Mitch Tawhi Thomas
With Mitch Tawhi Thomas, Clare Wilson and Jhan Lindsay

Part of the 2010 Fringe Festival

14–18 Feb 2010
At BATS theatre
book@bats.co.nz/(04) 802 4175

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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