Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Theatre - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Adri­ane Daff, Gita Bezard and Arielle Gray in Yoshi’sCas­tle.

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