Solo show with a light bulb mo­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

LALALUNA is a solo show phys­i­cal theatre per­former Wolfe Bowart needs a lot of words to de­scribe.

“But the first thing to say is that it’s a fam­i­lyfriendly theatre piece,” he said.

“Some peo­ple call it magic re­al­ism be­cause the story is quite fan­tas­ti­cal; the light bulb in the moon burns out and the care­taker of the moon is try­ing to find a way to re­light it.

“Shad­ows, film, magic, jug­gling and ac­ro­bat­ics are all used to fur­ther the story, so it’s not a cir­cus piece per se where it’s a trick and then stop and say ‘tada’.

“In theatre you’re telling the story first and us­ing the cir­cus skills or magic to fur­ther that story.”

Hav­ing grown up in Tuc­son, Ari­zona, Bowart now calls Perth home when he is not tour­ing, af­ter meet­ing his Perth­born wife, Ker­ryn Ne­gus.

The two were work­ing in Hol­ly­wood, Bowart as a script writer and Ne­gus as a pub­li­cist for Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

The cou­ple now have SpoonTree Pro­duc­tions, which has toured Wolfe’s shows LaLaLuna, The Man The Sea Saw and Let­ter’s End world­wide.

LaLaLuna will be the fi­nal in the cross-gen­er­a­tional pro­duc­tion trio to be per­formed in Perth dur­ing this year’s AWE­SOME In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things, de­spite be­ing cre­ated be­fore the oth­ers and per­formed more than 300 times ev­ery­where from the UK and Brazil to South Korea and Bahrain.

Wolfe Bowart in LaLaLuna.

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