Have you ever had something important to say and no one to say it to? Of course you have, and so has theatre artist Adriano Cortese of Ranters Theatre. One night in Melbourne, Cortese found himself lonely and inspired, so he left his apartment to seek out strangers on the street and ask them to talk. What he got, from those who accepted, was a bounty of dramatic material. His temporary acquaintances offered anecdotes, unashamed disclosures and life stories. In sharing their intimate moments, they shared themselves. And from these collected stories the Ranters Theatre company has crafted this bespoke work.
Intimacy consists of four scenes, bridged seamlessly. Each is inspired by real encounters, and in each there’s a lack of inhibition that’s truly liberating. Each dialogue brings out a sense of truth both personal and shared, as well as the way that truth is expressed through play and dramatization. The work explores performance as it exists offstage as well as on it: the ways in which we act, even as we bare our most intimate thoughts. It’s a work to broaden our horizons, taking us on a social adventure. These encounters are brief, but they will last.
This is one of the cleverest and most enjoyable shows you’ll see in a while.