'Spot' Theatre Review

Over the decades, Australia has grappled with a love/hate relationship with successive waves of immigrants although, quite rightly, we are all immigrants with reference to our First Nation Peoples.

Somewhat reminiscent of the 1966 film “They’re a Weird Mob” with featuring the exploits of an Italian writer Nino Culotta (played by Walter Chiari), our hero in this latest exploration of this clash of cultures is Mario (and his alter ego the dog “Spot”) who strives for acceptance as a “very good English actor” despite having little grasp of the language.

Mario/Spot follows in the footsteps of the likes of those zany characters from Wogs Out of Work that featured as part of the International Comedy Festival in 1987. However, Fabio Motta in his solo performance brings to the stage a lively and energetic revitalisation of the theme that we all strive to fit.

Spot is a joyous romp with a cavalcade of characters, showcasing Fabio’s talent to transform instantly with the sparing use of costumes and props. And who can forget the mischievous Spot itself? Despite being essentially comedic, the script and his use of the spoken word in nothing less than exquisite – maybe as homage to his on-stage character who yearns to be a serious actor?

Yet the show tinged with the melancholy too, reminding us that the loss of one’s original cultural identify can evoke sadness along with Mario’s realisation that he will never “fit in”.

The show was created, written and performed by Fabio Motta (and Spot too) with support from John Tummino and Giovanni Fusetto, and creative backing from Zya Kane (movement), Munro Milano (music) and Adriano Vittoro (images). The new venue at The Explosives Factory in St Kilda was the perfect intimate performance space for the show.

Spot is truly a refreshing and worthy addition to the stable of outstanding comedic performances about the trials and tribulations of immigrants to Australia. I have not laughed as much in a very long time.

Rating: 10/10


Dates: 5 - 15 April, 2022

Location: Explosives Factory - 67 Inkerman St, St Kilda (rear of Thrifty-Link Hardware enter by the back land off Lyell Street)

Times: 7:30pm

Duration: 75 mins

Prices: $40 Full, $32 Concession, $25 Preview and Student (+ $2.50 booking fee)

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Special Notes:

18+ adult themes, coarse language and sexual references

Please note: Explosives Factory is NOT Wheelchair Accessible