'Come to Where I Am' Theatre Review

Never has the quote that “ill blows the wind that profits nobody” rang truer than the COVID pandemic. There is no doubt that the virus has plunged the creative arts into abject misery as venue close, productions go into hibernation and income is non-existent! That said, the latest offering from Critical Stages shows the responsiveness of the arts to seize the moment and exploit the opportunities that online performances create.

The Come To Where I Am is a series of vignettes of people and place - these are “stories inspired by the places we call home” across Australia. Each Volume runs for around 60 minutes and audiences are now becoming accustomed to enjoying theatrical experiences online. Audiences can also view Volumes 1, 2 and 3 screened earlier.

Volume four will feature:

Time Capsule by Merlynn Tong (Brisbane, QLD, Turrbal Chepara-Yugarapul country); in a vignette of her reflections on the pandemic and her hometown of Meanjin (Brisbane): ants and strawberry ice cream

Dingo by Mary Anne Butler Darwin, NT, Larrakia country: a heart-warming story of resilience and a rescued dingo pup.

Another Day in the Colony by a Michael Perth, WA, Whadjuk Noongar country): a very evocative reflection on the ongoing atrocities perpetrated against of First Nations people – to the damning shame of us all.

And of course, my favourite has to We Are Geelong by Ross Mueller Geelong, VIC, Wadawurrung country where Aussie Rules footy is a pandemic that infects us all for which there is no cure, no vaccine.

So, sit back, grab yourself some snacks and enjoy a virtual trip around our beautiful country and share experiences from the four engaging creatives in Volume 4 – and others featured in Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Postscript: I would strongly urge virtual audience members to show your appreciation via the “donate” tab on their website, and remember to like/share your experiences on social media as web metrics have become an essential part of funding bids these days.

Rating: 5/5


Venue: View online here, anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like! The humble audience can view for free by logging to Critical Stages Facebook to watch via YouTube channel or by registering online for access via the Screening room, and on the website of our UK partner, Paines Plough.

Duration: 60 minutes per Volume

Prices: Donations can be made through their 'Donate' on their website

Bookings: Not needed

Critical Stages Website