It’s impossible to see everything at Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe but over the course of the coming month we’ll be suggesting to you the ones we think are best to see. ‘Bus Boy‘ is a performance high up on our list. The coming-of-age story of secret sharing, grand theft auto and meat pies, seems as intriguing as it does exhilarating. The writer, Izzy McDonald and director, Geordie Crawley, are Perth’s “theatre darlings” with Crawley taking to direction for the first time in this piece. She admitted “just about everything in this process terrifies me…but that’s the fun of it.” Their production company Rorschach Beast comes to Brighton with their new play, after winning three awards last year for their debut piece ‘Girl in the Wood.’ The production company made waves during ‘FRINGE WORLD 2016’ with their first piece. They say “if ‘Girl in the Wood‘ was an arrival for these young creatives, ‘Bus Boy‘ is a way of them writing their names in wet cement”. The award they won for their first piece allowed them to tour internationally and we are lucky enough have them here for this year’s Fringe at The Warren.
The story begins with Jerry, a woman stuck in a transitional period of her life. Her life changes beyond return when she meets ‘Bus Boy’, who with his knowledge of all the routes on the mainland, believes he is a bus driver as soon as he sits on his bike. The play touches upon isolation, lost connections and stealing buses whilst commenting on the sweet nature of a fleeting friendship. The backdrop of Rottnest Island, a remote A-class reserve island off the coast of Western Australia popular with holiday makers, brings the audience to a idyllic paradise they could only dream of. McDonald said of the setting “I have been connected to the island since I was a child on family holidays, to a teenager letting looser and a young adult performing history plays in the old chapel. I feel connected to this place we all call our home for a weekend at a time, and how we interact with the island.”
Kent Acott from The West Australian said of the piece “Bus Boy, in short, is a play about identity. This of course is not only one of the fundamental struggles of human existence itself, but of growing up: trying to fathom one’s place in a world swimming with confusion and uncertainty”. A further review of the piece from Isolated Nation said the “bicycle becomes a mean of possibility, adventure and at times escape, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality. Bus boy is a poignant and utterly unmissable show.”
With reviews like these we are itching to see what will unfold in the 50 minute performance. It’s going on at The Warren: Blockhouse from 24th-27th May. Book tickets here before they ride away on a little blue bike.