– by Chantelle Pitt
A tragically heartbreaking tale of love found and love lost. The Song Was Wrong travels through the winding trails of love; exploring life, what makes us love and why. Presented by the Perth Theatre Company, The Song Was Wrong (written and directed by Melissa Cantwell) is a truly visual tale of love and woe that had me shed a tear (honestly I teared up).
Christian the pianist (Felix Joseph) finds love with Cecile the French photographer (Astrid Grant). The music their love makes is amazing. They live in happiness and a true relationship grows and blossoms between them. Unfortunately life isn’t a fairytale. What happens when a musician loses his muse? What happens when a lover loses his love? Watch as Christian’s world crumbles around him and everything he holds dear disappears.
The Song Was Wrong is a primarily visual piece of theatre with the majority of dialogue taking place during the first act and the rest of the performance consisting of surreal physical movement. Performances switch back and forth through time, and we are shown the fate of this union before we realise what has happened. By the end of the night, the actors’ performances were so familiar and engaged with one another that speech became unnecessary. I could feel every emotion that was conveyed on stage. Sometimes you find situations that work better without words, and this production was one of them. The chemistry between Joseph and Grant was electrifying. I honestly believe that these two people are madly in love and that makes the performance so much better. I was confused at points due to the second act’s minimal dialogue and as a result, I felt that it seemed to throw us headfirst into true surrealism of the show. Surrealism as a form of theatre is creating and presenting a show with elements that seem unnatural and that goes against traditional theatre. This production fits under this category due to the large amounts of movement driven actions and heavy use of symbolism. I love surrealism but I felt like it was pushed too much and too fast.
The Song Was Wrong is a profound and passionate production that tugs at the heartstrings and leaves almost everything to the imagination. With the perfect mix of surrealism and realism, this is one show you will not regret attending.
Warning: This production contains coarse language and partial nudity.
The Song Was Wrong plays at Studio Underground, State Theatre of WA until the 20th of June. Information can be found at their website.
Images courtesy of Marnya Rothe & Thinh Dong