HUMAN CANNONBALL HITS FRINGE HUB
Following the success of Green Room Award winning Hello You, Emily Taylor is back, catapulting her audience into the strange and surprising world of Cannonball. Delving into the complexity of urban life, comedic shape-shifter Taylor uses fragmented narrative to reveal the fantastical behind the mundane and the compelling beneath the ordinary as her myriad of characters careen together towards their final collision.
A seasoned improviser, Taylor (Spontaneous Broadway, Is This Your Life, Impro Melbourne and Melbourne Playback Theatre) uses principles of improvisation when creating new work. Cannonball embraces spontaneity, truth in comedy and the audience/performer dynamic, creating an intimacy with the audience and an investment in the world presented onstage. Winner of the Green Room Award for Innovative Use of Form, Taylor’s work seeks to experiment, to merge and mutate theatrical forms and to find new ways to excite and inspire audiences. At times in rapid fire, at others in dreamlike procession, the characters in Cannonball appear and disappear, representing voices young and old and from a variety of perspectives. A teenage misfit competes for survival. An absentee mother is born again. A cat coughs up Sigmund Freud. Scenarios familiar and bizarre, ordinary and extraordinary co-exist and intersect as one character’s story ripples out and involves everyone around her. Solo performer Taylor uses physical and vocal transformation to explore key themes of truth, fiction, reality, fantasy, desire and loss as she morphs and mutates through a minefield of adolescent angst, mid-life longing and feline discontent. Powered by a unique combination of comic fervour and compelling vulnerability, this premiere presentation of Cannonball at the Fringe Hub packs a surprising, funny and insightful