After reading the blurb for Future’s Eve, one expects to be confronted with some very prevalent and somewhat subversive issues and this performance does not disappoint. With the main through line being, why are the majority of sex robots woman? Why do none of them seem to give consent? And why are we seemingly ok with this? There has never been a more important time for this performance to find its light.
Michelle seamlessly uses the cliché bells and whistles of sci fi lighting and sound to her advantage, incorporating movie tropes that have long been seen through a patriarchal lens. There is a confronting innocence to her performance, one that she uses full to her advantage when confronting the audience with some pretty questions. Michelle is a masterful physical performer – incorporating nuanced and delicate movements that make it impossible to look away.
Some further development and a keen dramaturgical eye would shift the show and launch it into a hard hitting and compelling performance. Future’s Eve is sorely what Melbourne Fringe has been craving – confronting, cheeky, rough, innovative and raw – if you still haven’t got a ticket, Future’s Eve is a must!
Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Performance: Thursday 13 September 2018 – 8.00pm
Season continues to 16 September 2018
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au
Image: Michelle Aitken in Future’s Eve (supplied)
Review: Gavin Roach
Awards: Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award – Perth Fringe World 2018