WINGING IT: THE TURBULENT REVELATIONS OF MEGHAN AND SHIVAN. Directed by Kei-Ella Loewe. Written by Kei-Ella Loewe and Tarryn Naude, with Tazme Pillay and Rosa-Karoo Loewe. Alexander Bar.
MEGAN FURNISS reviews
Tonight I was reminded why I love The Alexander Bar. Nowhere else in the city is there a theatre that premieres alternative, experimental, original work, and it is my lifeblood. Tonight’s show, Winging It: The Turbulent Revelations of Meghan and Shivan is all of those things, and I am glad it was made, and that there is a space for it.
Air steward Shivan is at the door to take your ticket, and Meghan is inside to show you to your seat. You are a passenger on Air Bermuda’s domestic flight to Pawdelizabeth. Their neat blue pants, yellow tops, and little scarves identify them as your flight attendants for the duration – coupled with the nasal voices, perfect moves and deeply cynical facial expressions of every flight attendant ever.
But things go weird pretty quickly. These are the worst of the worst hostesses, this is the lowest budget of airlines, and the strangest of all pre-flight encounters. And then you are off. There is a weird and very hilarious song, some of the most bizarre audience interactions, and then the audience gets to know these two not very bright, not very nice, totally batty friends.
This before turbulence, trouble and a fatal accident.
There are a few “relive the moment in order to fix things” in fashion right now. I think immediately of Russian Doll on Netflix, and Winging It follows the theme. Meghan and Shivan need to own up to things, and come clean, before they can get off the plane and stop the bad soundtrack of purgatory from repeating.
It is the how of doing it that is the real fun. They fight, confess, get drunk, dance, attempt suicide, pray, fight again – sometimes in brilliant slow-motion, and sometimes in high speed mania. Rosa-Karoo Loewe and Tazme Pillay are funny, weird, silly, and totally committed.
The simple set – screens and stools and the ubiquitous airline trolley – is clean and effective. The use of voice-over and sound is clever, and the lighting in the tiny venue is good.
An hour sped by and I had fun, was challenged and provoked a couple of times, and I laughed out loud more than a few.
The script is not perfect yet, and there are a few lumps and bumps that could be ironed out with a bit of running in, but this is a fresh start to a great new thing. I had big fun.
What: Winging It: The Turbulent Revelations of Meghan and Shivan
Where and when: Alexander Bar from 26 February – 9 March 2019