Captain Ferguson’s School For Balloon Warfare (Oracle Theatre, Inc)
By Hannah Sweetnam | Published on Sunday 19 August 2012
A heart-warming monologue sees U.S. Army Captain Thomas Ferguson enrolling the audience in his Balloon Warfare School. Written by Isaac Rathbone, the play is based on WWI balloon aviator, Captain Chandler. The degree of historical accuracy is unclear, but this didn’t distract from the performance by David Nelson, which was charmingly poignant, with superb delivery and a facial expression for every emotion. With his insecurities and ambitions exposed, it was easy to both dislike and empathise with Ferguson, as his desperation to prove himself drove him to crazed decisions. At times the language became a little tedious and the attempts at audience participation seemed superfluous to the act. However, for those seeking theatrical fulfilment it was a satisfying watch.
Assembly Roxy, 1-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 11.15am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Sweetnam]