See article in its original context here by Chelsea Clugston for Onya Magazine.
For God’s sake… Why?
I have to admit that, sitting in the audience and hearing this opening, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Larrikin Ensemble Theatre’s ‘Boy out of the Country’.
I wouldn’t have been surprised had someone burst out with “Stella!” at that point, wrenching the audience from pre-show whispering to emotional turmoil. But if there’s one thing I’ve taken away from this experience, it’s to leave the expectations at home.
‘Boy out of the Country’, written by award winning poet and playwright Felix Nobis, is currently premiering at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs. On the surface, it follows the story of a brother returning to his country town after seven years absence, to find the home he remembers nearly gone and his family embracing the change.
A combination of subtle humour and rough language showcases country-town Australia in a highly entertaining light. However, the play is no carefree comedy. Its clever use of humour paves the way for a confronting, at times poignant exploration into what it means to be family, to own land – and to lose it.