The interweaving testimonies of four survivors of the February 2009 Australian bushfires structure the narrative of this one-woman show. Shifts between characters are relatively smooth, and these first-person perspectives work well in the telling. Scott delivers a sound performance, although certain characters – in particular that of a six-year-old boy – feel forced and overplayed. The play as a whole is fairly predictable, but what these anecdotes do successfully capture with poignancy and tact is the strength of the local communities of Victoria as they rebuilt their homes, and the goodwill expressed in the international response to the Black Saturday Bushfires. Though ‘The Day The Sky Turned Black’ delivers no surprises, it is well-structured, and treats its subject with great respect.
Assembly Roxy, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 3.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Colette M Talbot]