BWW Review: ADELAIDE FRINGE 2016: STUART BOWDEN: SHE WAS PROBABLY NOT A ROBOT Is A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy

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Reviewed by Christine Pyman, Tuesday 1st March 2016

What would you do if you were the only survivor on Earth, and exactly how would you cope? Would you go slightly crazy and cling to your old life, or would you embrace a way out?

Throw an innocent, obsessive, planetary watching alien, who is reminiscent of the Moon in The Mighty Boosh, into the mix, and watch what happens. This is Stuart Bowden: She Was Probably Not A Robot, being presented in The Spare Room at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

This apocalyptic modern take on a morality play crosses between seriousness, pathos, and humour, performed with balletic movements and physical mime. With a foot-controlled soundtrack, Bowden flings himself around the stage in a slightly astounding enactment of madness, and an uncomfortably convincing show of the attached emotions.

Utilising minimal and minimalist props that lighten the mood, the audience is taken on a journey of lunacy in this dark sci-fi fantasy, and are incorporated in the tale as the necessary watchers to keep vigil on Bowden's attempt on sanity.

This topical story will have you squirming while you laugh.



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