‘Things We Found in the Swamp’ focused on the residents of Greater Butte Island who were furious about their swamp being drained. This absurd but delightful setup brought the audience into the world of a struggling public servant trying to do his job and the overly amorous major who opposed him.
The weird and wonderful townsfolk of Greater Butte Island each developed their own distinct character and the abstract unpredictability of their actions were a strength of the show. The over-the-top and almost too much to bare nature of the characters also brought good humour and particular delight to some members of the audience.
As an early show in the run, the show lacked a bit of polish particularly in regards to staging. While delightfully ‘fringy’ having multiple performers cramped onto a small stage, there may have been benefit in disposing of the need for props in favour of more room for the performers to engage with one another. While a minor point, the limited ability for the actors to move around and emote made the performance feel cramped and lower-energy.
‘Things We Found in the Swamp’ is a little odd but is good-natured and the well-meaning characters of the show should bring laughter to most. Check out ‘Things We Found in the Swamp’ from 14 to 16 September 2018 at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. For more information and to book tickets, click here.