The Eavesdropping Project was a fascinating take on life in Melbourne’s public transport system. Performed by St. Martin’s Youth Theatre, the play was well performed for youth theatre and had a cute sense of fun to the performance.
I’ve always been struck by overheard conversations on trains and trams in Melbourne. It’s an odd sort of environment where we seem to be alone despite us being packed in like sardines sometimes. Eavesdropping uses this concept well to create a performance inspired by the strange and awkward events on trains and trams.
The script was work-shopped by the actors and based on the conversations they overheard using public transport. You could easily relate to the characters and felt you were in on the observations having experienced the same things on your way to work, school or out and about.
The set and lighting was excellent with platforms and trains recreated in a multi layered set with added realism from various lighting techniques. This was one of the things that struck me most.
The singing at first jarred with me but I eased into that and the other alternative ways of telling the story such as all the actors standing in a line fighting for the microphone as they told some odd stories they saw on a train.
Overall, they performed a really original and fascinating concept well and has made me more conscious of my weird obsession with how people interact (or don’t) on public transport.
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