Saskatoon playwright brings audiences through time with radio and zombies
The play No Rest for Wicked takes the audience back in time for a comedy about radio and zombies.
"It's like a play within a play within a play. It's very 'Inception' like," said writer and director Grahame Kent.
Although the play about a radio play about a post apocalyptic society sounds complicated Kent said that it flows smoothly.
"The way that the show is structured it is a filmed version of this radio play. So what the audience does see is every actor who is on stage is playing an actor playing a character in this radio play," he said.
The idea came to him while taking classes at the University of Saskatchewan. That is also where he found his cast.
"In Saskatoon we have such a thriving theatre community," he said.
Morgan Murray plays a BBC voice actor playing many other characters.
"He's like this drunk Scottish man and I have to play him so he is losing his accent because the play takes place in America," Murray explained.
He is not new to doing plays at the Fringe Festival but said that he thinks this character certainly stands out.
"It stands out because I have been doing a lot of shows where I play myself in some way but in this it is the furthest from myself I have ever been," he said.
Jalisa Gonie was called the "new blood" but it did not mean she was not experienced. She is a second year drama student and for her first Fringe she has a large role.
"I turn into kind of like an octopus on stage working a lot of different sounds and trying to hit all the cues and staying in character," Gonie said.
She said that you should not miss the play, in fact you should see it twice.
"You can see us interact with each other on stage as well the second time just close your eyes and listen to the whole thing, paint the image in your mind," she said.
Before heading in for their Saturday showing Kent made an interesting point.
"It's a very unique piece of theatre. I don't think anywhere else in this city are you going to be able to see as show that is set in the late 50s that is a radio play about the zombie apocalypse," Kent said.
No Rest for the Wicked plays on August 6 at 4 p.m., August 7 at 10 p.m. August 9 at 8:15 p.m. and August 11 at 3:15 p.m. at the Oskayak School Gym.