Don Juan : : Seen

Most theatrical productions are signalled to begin through the dimming of house lights. Not Don Juan. In fact, the house lights stay on throughout the entirety of this Q Theatre extravaganza.


If I could only use one word to describe this show it would be – silly. If I had a few more, I’d go with - so silly. So silly but so so good. Don Juan, directed by Leo Gene Peters, is a little-over-a-hour long spectacle. An embarrassingly apt laugh out loud performance that features audience participation at its core.


My friend and I were treated to the gloriously bougie Andrew Paterson when we arrived, who handed us brightly coloured fascinators and a French greeting. Around us were other audience members donned in vivid scarfs.


The performers in Don Juan speak in entirely French accents and showcase the exploits of Don Juan, an outlaw type character who indulges in sex and violence on the regular. However, the plot of this show is actually rather irrelevant. It’s the humour and presentation that matters. Constant one-liners are whipped out, from Tim Carlsen saying “Of course you are!” to an audience member that was single, to Susie Berry comparing an erotic moment to the sensation of “swallowing hot chocolate”.


The best of this comedy is seen in the audience participation. Don Juan’s performers get multiple viewers involved in every scene. From holding props, repeating lines, to actually getting up and dancing. At one-point Jack Buchanan whispers lines in my ear to say into a microphone. Of course, with years of Trinity qualifications and a drama degree under my belt, I choke.


The surprising highlight of Don Juan is a brief fight scene. No physical contact is made as Buchanan (as Don Juan) fights off the other performers and sets a forest alight. Almost all performers in this scene hit the sound cues, making for an extremely satisfying visual experience.


I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again but Don Juan is truly a show not to miss. There’s comedy, sex and they even encourage you to use your phones. The ideal opportunity to your let your inhibitions loose and have an honest laugh, Don Juan runs until this Saturday. Tickets are available here.


 cred: Sarah Graham


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