Cut Snake is an impossibly energetic fusion of outright hilarity and absolute chaos. I sat there, in the wonderfully atmospheric Bondi Pavilion, totally and utterly bewildered by the mad acts of acrobatics, puppetry and slapstick humour unfolding before me, loving every second.
Written by Amelia Evans and Dan Giovannoni, Cut Snake tells the stories of childhood friends Jumper (Kevin Kiernan-Molloy), Kiki (Catherine Davies) and Bob (Julia Billington) as they share and live out their wildest aspirations in a world where men fall in love with snakes, southern American bearded ladies shamelessly shove vegetables down their pants, and time travel may or may not be possible.
While the set is suitably decked out to take on the appearance of the world’s biggest blanket fort, the acting is fittingly over the top with a raw, childlike enthusiasm. This show wouldn’t have worked without the right performers, and Kiernan-Molloy, Davies and Billington were equally outstanding. They were running around like mad; sweating, jumping, yelling and singing, pouring every ounce of energy into the show, and clearly having a blast while expertly transporting you into another world through controlled (albeit a little frantic) movement and acrobatics.
Complete with highs, lows, joy and tragedy, Cut Snake could quite possibly be the most exciting 50 minutes of your life.
Season: 12 to 23 March 2013
Venue: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach (in a transformed auditorium, the giant cubby)