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THE MUTLIX (article first published : 2005-05-20)

Contrary to popular belief new talent comes along all the time but most of it is swept up by the hurly-burly of the performance industry and carried away to be drowned without a ripple. This June, two salmon - Bryan Hiles and Oded Rouche who make up the new production company Long Time Overdue - are swimming upstream writing, acting and producing a brand-spanking-new piece of theatre. “Oh, and we let Rowan be in it too,” they quip.

What is The Mutlix? And if it were singular, would it be The Mutlik? The cryptic answer is that it’s “a barber-shop trio-meets Homer’s Odyssey meets Alice in Wonderland meets a dyslexic bumble-bee meets a one legged duck”!

“Loosely inspired by a movie trilogy of some sort that only the really observant fanatical fan would be able to identify,” say Bryan and Oded, “we follow the quest of “The Other One” in his search for a lost happiness. Characters enter and exit his journey; some showing the way, some blocking the way and some trying to enter more than just his journey. Blue pill?

“Although for us humans,” the pair continues, “we would associate with what we assume to be the central character of “The Other One”, the story in truth revolves around another more surreptitious figure, that of an enigmatic White Rabbit who leads him to the truth of his Tao. Can you feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up?”

Will “The Other One” reach the end of his quest? Is the mysterious figure in black really his friend? Should we hope for a Hollywood ending? How do they do those special FX on stage? If I turned around would I be able to see behind me?

This is a theatre production audiences obviously have to experience for themselves!

The Mutlix runs at Kwasuka Theatre from June 2 to 25. Book at Computicket.




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