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Review by Kieran Eaton

Australian Rules Football has come a long way but quintessentially embraces overt masculinity. When you see little, kind-faced Jon Bennett on stage you feel this is an odd juxtaposition, though when we think about childhood dreams, they can be odd.  Bennett explores childhood dreams in this show for FRINGEWORLD 2017 in this existentialist tale of self-discovery.

The show opens with footage of footy pep talks because Bennett sees the audience like a team, where we all must work together to get the best outcome.Bennett bonds with the audience through small crowd-interactions. This clever storyteller carefully shapes the interactions to get into his own mindset. Bennett weaves well-chosen images of his past and present love of animals to create a strong theme.

This audience embraces Bennett’s tale telling. He grabs your attention with his visual descriptions of situations like getting covered in different bodily fluids.  When Bennett describes his childhood love of poetry you gain understanding of his unique creativity. He also describes his love of footy going into detail about football in country South Australia – where playing the game was the most exciting weekend pastime. This story stretches out to insightful information about a team mate called BJ who saw him as his best friend, even though he did not concur the same bond. However, as Bennett gets older he does appreciate his former fellow teammate more.

This friendly show is hard not to love, so see Bennett in his storytelling show about dreams that sometimes can be different to what you once thought.

 

When: 7th – 18th February 2017 | 8:40pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $15 – $19.50

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 15+

Link: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/jon_bennett_aussie_rules_footy_playing_with_men/0268caf1-be90-4e25-9753-e2e6e926e114/