Politics was on my mind as I attended Old 505 Theatre who are hosting the Archie Rose Touring Hub of the Sydney Fringe. A production from Taiwan about the LGBT experience? Has to be political! That’s probably why I approached a lovely Taiwanese man and woman and, politely I hope, hit them with twenty questions. What was the main religion I started off with, what laws impact on the community, what are the prevailing attitudes to queer people? It went on like this for a while as I info-mined this very generous couple.
After a thoroughly engaging chat, I felt armed with a smidgen of non-wikipedia understanding with which to view BLUE ISLAND 99, my preconceptions about the manner of the production ripe for confrontation. This is not an angry show, nor is it over-charged with Realpolitik, nor is it didactically political. Instead the viewer is treated to a lyrical and conceptual work, created with stimulating and well-crafted multimedia and presented with skill and joy. Continue reading BLUE ISLAND 99: UNMISSABLE CONCEPTUAL THEATRE