• Amelia Thompson and Kate Boston

    Amelia Thompson and Kate Boston

  • Geraldine Turner and Caroline Stacey

    Geraldine Turner and Caroline Stacey

  • Jillian and Stephen Schneider

    Jillian and Stephen Schneider

  • Kimmo Vennonen, Carol Roach and Impi Tarjavaara

    Kimmo Vennonen, Carol Roach and Impi Tarjavaara

  • Joe Woodward and Tom Woodward

    Joe Woodward and Tom Woodward

  • Doug and Denise Leaman with Michelle and Stephen Wilson

    Doug and Denise Leaman with Michelle and Stephen Wilson

  • Stephen and Ruth Wedd

    Stephen and Ruth Wedd

  • Cathy Petocz and Charles Ranken

    Cathy Petocz and Charles Ranken

  • Cathy Petocz and Naomi Xeros

    Cathy Petocz and Naomi Xeros

Where I End and You Begin @ The Street Theatre

19 October 2014

Where I End and You Begin is a song by Radiohead. And I don’t think it has anything to do with the play by the same name at the Street Theatre. I could be wrong, but the playwright Cathy Petocz looks way too young to be influenced by Radiohead.

My radio head got caught in an out of space synchronizing dilemma as time delays with the script made actually listening to the play have a deleterious effect on my concept of a play. Not that that is a bad thing. Sometimes being catapulted out of you comfort zone is a good thing, but it has to make some sense and I took a long time to come to grips with finding the beginning let alone the ending.  

Could the detective in the rather spunky space suit and all manner of glittery paraphenalia purportedly out in the cosmos on the job trying to find someone he used to know (I expected Gotye’s little ditty to pop into the soundscape every time I heard mention of that ) or the café inhabiting alternative detective in the archetypal space frock and Wintour style black wig from this galaxy and in this time, help us discover who was lost and who we were looking for?

Frankly it didn’t matter as they strode the tarmac of white fur, avoiding at all cost s the ‘black’ hole that was actually more furry white stuff likely to suck them into oblivion, while crossing over from there to here, with the time warping and the plot weaving. I searched for clues but I’m a lousy detective, I marveled at the staging, the players and the whole concept, but I wont pretend to understand it, though I do hope the angst and heartache of the writer is ameliorated and that this exercise is cathartic for her as it is so often for those of us who play with words to express emotions and share experiences. And keep writing. I loved the language and the ideas.  

Where I End and You Begin is at the Street Theatre until 26 October.