Word­less world of clever imag­in­ings

The West Australian - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

Who knew there was so much fun to be had in a tai­lor’s shop? Left alone for most of the day with few cus­tomers, a play­ful tai­lor spends his time tak­ing wild flights of fancy. Bore­dom fuels his imag­i­na­tion and sud­denly the piles of laun­dry and clothes be­come more than they seem.

Writ­ten, di­rected and per­formed by Amer­i­can per­former Wolfe Bowart, Cloud Soup com­bines as­pects of clown­ing, phys­i­cal the­atre, pup­petry and in­ter­ac­tive film into a funny, ir­rev­er­ent and whim­si­cal show.

Pre­sented as part of Awe­some Fes­ti­val and aimed at chil­dren aged five and above, it en­cour­ages chil­dren to en­gage their imag­i­na­tions and take a play­ful ap­proach to life.

Bowart shows us how ev­ery­day ob­jects can trans­form into any­thing we can imag­ine. A mop be­comes an un­ruly dog, a shirt and shoe com­bine to cre­ate a huge bird.

A mas­ter of mime and im­i­ta­tion, Bowart also trans­forms him­self into a cu­ri­ous chim­panzee and, thanks to a few well-placed feather dusters, an ex­otic bird.

He gets lost in a pair of enor­mous trousers and busts out some hip-hop moves, un­til the unim­pressed owner re­turns to claim them, along with his huge un­der­pants.

Bowart even ac­ci­den­tally cre­ates a gi­ant in­flat­able rat that he must bat­tle with the as­sis­tance of an au­di­ence mem­ber.

A con­fi­dent per­former with a wide range of well-honed cir­cus, phys­i­cal com­edy and the­atre skills, Bowart draws upon them all in this as­sured and cap­ti­vat­ing show. Cloud Soup runs un­til to­day. Ticket in­for­ma­tion at awe­somearts.com.

Wolfe Bowart stars in Cloud Soup which is part of 2019’s Awe­some Fes­ti­val.

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