The worst of Scottee? Another performance art piece I thought, oh shit! I thought. But then I remembered I had changed my opinion on the subject and was actually very excited to see this show.
I never do any research on a show before I go and see it. I like the mystery of what I’m about to see, then when I do research the show for these reviews I always try to see if what I got out of the performance was actually intended by the performer, director, producer whoever! So when I walked into Theatre Works (The night after seeing the fantastic Tim Miller) I was thrown immediately, thrown by seeing a photo booth on stage, curtain to the booth drawn and two legs popping out from under the curtain. This was my introduction to The Worst of Scottee.
“Everyone has done stuff they regret and most people bury it in the past. Six months ago Scottee hired a psychotherapist and a filmmaker to dig up his past. Scottee wants to find out what people really think of him. Why did he pretend to have AIDS? What prompted him to steal money from his nan? Why did he tell everyone his friend committed suicide when she hadn’t, and what caused all this behaviour in the first place?” – the Theatre Works Website.
The opening of the performance began with Scottee sitting inside the photo booth facing the audience, with a pair of black round sunglasses on and belting out a stunning rendition of one of my favourite jazz tunes, Cry Me a River. No not the JT version but the Ella Fitzgerald version (worth having a listen too). The rest of the show continued with Scottee unravelling his life story in front of us, with a particular focus on certain events that stunned and shocked the audience, quite often with a vocalised emotional outcry. These events ranged from telling people his friend committed suicide when she hadn’t, stealing money from his Nan and mum, telling his bosses he had aids when he didn’t and the stories continued.
Scottee is an incredibly talented artist, the way in which he weaved these stories together by using the set as his interactive base, was both smart and new. He truly took us the audience on an adventure with his humour and heart break and I feel privileged that I was lucky enough to be a part of the audience that night. Theatre Works: whatever you’re doing, keep doing it. You’re a force to be reckoned with if you keep bringing acts like Scottee and Tim Miller to our front.