The Fantasist delves into the psyche of an individual who is slowly losing their grip on reality. Julia Yevnine is phenomenal as Louise, a woman with bipolar disorder, giving not only a great physical performance but also an intensely emotional one, expertly weaving through the highs and lows of Louise’s illness. The puppets, brought to life by Catherine Gerrard and Julia Corrêa, are worth the ticket price alone. But while the stagecraft and performances are all excellent, it’s the story that’s the dud. We see Louise repeatedly create a new world for herself, but after a while that becomes incredibly tedious to watch. It’s a shame, but the fantasy is only fun for the fantasist.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 5-27 Aug (not 15), 12.25pm
tw rating 2/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]