FRAGILE FAMILY FARE FULL OF FUN
THE beauty of the unrestricted creative process of devised theatre means artists often end with a very different work than they originally set out to make.
This was certainly the case for playwright Gita Bezard and performers Adriane Daff and Arielle Gray’s Fringe World Festival 2015 offering, Yoshi’s Castle.
One of five shows presented during Fringe by Perth independent theatre company The Last Great Hunt ( Elephents, Bruce), Yoshi’s Castle originally had the premise of a domestic thriller.
Instead, it has evolved into a colourful domestic drama with video game influ- ences and music inspired by K-pop.
“We started looking at how families can sometimes break down after a family member dies because of disputes over the will,” Bezard said.
“We found a theme that really interested us, that question of what are you entitled to.”
The story follows half sisters Tilly (Gray) and Yoshi (Daff), who first meet after the death of their father.
The 2007 ECU Contemporary Performance graduate said they had fun making the two characters as different as possible.
“They’re polar opposites, with Tilly really conservative, who describes herself as more autumn tones,” she said.
“Yoshi designs video games and is inspired by the fashion of the Harajuku girls from Tokyo.
“There are a lot of references to Mario Kart and we talk about how Yoshi has taken her name from the game.”
Musician Alwyn Nixon-Lloyd, from Perth fluoro pop band Boys, Boys, Boys, has written the soundtrack.
“Every time he brings us music, it’s been exactly what we were after,” Bezard said. “We wanted that pop Asian video game feel and everything he’s brought back is amazing.
“It’s not a show with a huge world theme or that aims to teach life lessons. We’re hoping audiences just have a lot of fun and that they feel for the characters.”
Adriane Daff, Gita Bezard and Arielle Gray in Yoshi’sCastle.