Uninvited @ Bedlam Theatre
Fat Git Theatre specialise in adaptations of contemporary stories and with Uninvited they hit the mark. Based on the novella by Peter Mortimer, we are presented with an awkward and tense black comedy that borders on the absurd.
The unnamed protagonist (played by the versatile Josh Goulding) is a curious man with no friends or family. He returns home to find a stranger in his house who eventually assaults him and triggers memories of love and regret. The protagonist is uncomfortable in his own skin and this informs his performance and the tone of the piece.
This awkwardness is further played out with the addition of three tormentors who tease the protagonist and also the audience. What makes this so intriguing is that the man cannot, or does not, see or interact with these tormentors. They are omnipresent beings, overseeing the protagonist’s tragic story. The costume design of these tormentors is in keeping with the themes, with bulging limbs and muted green and cream colours adding to the peculiar nature.
Sound is a major element to the performance. A group of three foley artists to the side of the stage add imaginative sound effects, which create an illusion of space and claustrophobia.
Uninvited feels peculiar and tense and creates an untoward emotion, however this is to its benefit. Fat Git Theatre have created a quaint tragic love story that has an authentic aura of originality and suspense.