Review: Floating (Hoipolloi Theatre Company), by m


Saw an amazing show at the Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre tonight.
“Floating” is a comedy. It’s interactive theatre. It’s a multimedia experience. I haven’t seen something lighthearted in Toronto’s theatres for a while, and this was definitely a welcome change.
The show was so successful, I think, because the actors have good comedic timing and improv skills, and are genuine and likable.  They spent much of the evening passing their props out to the audience, so that we could be  a part of the story.  They made fun of the latecomers.  And, they didn’t take themselves too seriously.
The story went like this…
Imagine, if you will, that you have made up your mind that you are going to finally leave your birthplace and venture out into the world, to make your mark on it. Then, imagine that the second you are about to take the first step off the island, there is an earthquake that causes your homeland to float away from the mainland, into the ocean. According to the storytellers, the Welsh island of Anglesey did just that; it came unhinged from the UK when the bridge connecting the two collapsed. And then it floated away.
The story is told with the help of a fog machine, and some very funny sound effects, projections, and props.
Part of the World Stage series, it’s a show from Welsh theatre troupe Hoipolloi, created and performed my a man named Hugh Hughes, with Sioned Rowlands. It is an overwhelmingly funny love letter home, and it plays until Feb. 19th. See it.


About weywardsisters

The Three Weyward Sisters first appeared in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. It turns out we have more in common with these “weird” sisters than we thought. In the Shakespeare play the sisters represent darkness, chaos and conflict. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which of us represents each. They also usually show up to mark impending doom. Well, we certainly hope that our presence on this little corner of the Interwebs doesn’t mean impending doom for anyone. However, we find our commonalities with the witches in other ways. To be weyward means to be willful, disobedient and to turn away from what is “right or proper”. Those who know us would whole heartedly agree – we are three weyward sisters. We are three headstrong, stubborn (some more than others), obstinate and willful sisters. Read at your own risk.

3 responses »

  1. Dear Hoipolloi, wonderful critique of the play. I wonder are you a theater reviewer? Do you work for the Toronto Star?

    Do you think your mother would enjoy this play, given her revelation that she does not enjoy live performance? (she enjoys the company… she says, CRAP! I say.) This severly limits my choices for mutual entertainment these days. Enough about me, thank you for the blog. It’s really nice to read about doings in the big smoke.


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