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The Wallaby Way



Fringe veteran Gemma Wilcox delivers a deep, personal story in this play with set design and props that are minimalistic, but at once clever and beautiful. This show explores motherhood, introduces Wilcox’s own family, and recounts her time spent in Tasmania where she walks a labyrinth and becomes well acquainted with wallabies. This show is deeply cathartic for Wilcox: it touches on her relationship with her ex-partner, her grandmother, and her mother. This piece raises many questions and explores many different directions, but never fully commits to any one conclusion or direction. It seems that Wilcox is not yet sure what she thinks of all of these different possibilities yet either. The most poignant question Wilcox raises though is this: what do I do because I love it, and what do I do because I’m afraid of what I would feel without it? Reviewed by Bryan Saunders.


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    I am seriously in love with Gemma Wilcox. She is one of the most gifted performers I have ever seen. Go see her.

    I laughed.
    I am in wonder.
    I cried.
    I ponder.
    Another layer begins to unravel.
    What needs healing?
    What do I need to let go of?
    Will I sit still enough, will I let the noise go so that I can just feel and see within?

    She pierces walls around my heart that never come down.
    Every time I see her perform, the ripple effects continue for a long time.

    There’s a part in her play, near the end, where I just couldn’t stop crying. It was touching, beautiful, and far reaching. I sit trembling in my car right now.

    FYI: Her show props are unique. Because of all her shows, when I see red yarn I think of her. She has genius use of it during her plays.

    Gemma’s play is about real life. And real life has many different directions and possibilities. There is no one conclusion in life. There are many threads that weave in and out throughout her life. Nothing is linear. The brilliance in this play is that it’s not like a TV drama that is wrapped up neatly in a bow at the end of each episode.
    The omission of bringing the entire show to one conclusion allows each audience member validation for the same in their own life. And each different thread Gemma weaves in the show can be picked up by each audience member and taken in a different direction within themselves. If she was to tell me the conclusion, as if it wasn’t real life, then it would not allow me or anyone else to open up something deep within me. It would make it a decent hour for me to spend out, but not really meaningful or touching my heart.

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