‘Germinal’ at the Melbourne Festival

Performers Halory Goerger,  Antoine Defoort, Beatriz Setien and Arnaud Boulogn create a world from scratch. For 120 minutes witness the creation of Germinal.

This show works in baby steps. Creating a universe is difficult and not always achieved on the first go. Whilst learning how to control light, their own thought and the environment the performers also explore concepts such as identity and ownership.

Germinal is full of surprises. It was a laugh, however the extreme minimalism was painful at times as the performers figured out the world. But with most empty stage scenarios boredom must come before exploration.

The set and tech elements were delightful. The performers made discoveries through interactions with the world. They are in charge of the world, but do they fully know that?

Imagine a black box that is bobby trapped with musical instruments and plant life sprouting from the flooring. Christian Allamano, Cédric Ravier & Danny Vandeput achieved this image seamlessly. My thoughts go out to the poor stage manager and set assistants who have to wipe the stage clear every night and prepare it for a night of exploration/destruction.

There were delightful plays on words throughout the entire show. The subtleties and effortless play on words was the greatest pay off in this show. Germinal is a quirky show that many will enjoy. Please note that the show is primarily in French and the subtitles come in rapid fire.

– Amber
Amber Bock is a freelance stage manager who is excited to keep you up to date with Melbourne’s best theatre

Germinal runs from 19 – 22 October 2017 at the Merlyn Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse (120 mins, no interval). This venue is accessible. Buy tickets here.

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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of TS Publicity.
Image credit: Melbourne Festival.