“Likely Story” bring books alive May 28, 2018 – Posted in: Books, Inspiration, Thoughts

Well the show has ended and the fun is over. Back to work,  these books must settle down after the excitement they have had over the last couple of months. I could never have imagined the books telling their story so passionately and enjoyable. “Likely Story” by The Sunshine Coast Theatre Company reminds us all of the power and purpose all the books have. Have you ever imagined what your favourite book would tell you if they spoke to you. What gems of insight can we imagine they would impart.

For the last 2 months, books have been coming alive at night and the “Likely Story” theatre production has been drawing out the essence of these books as only these creative souls can. The bookshop still has remants of the adventure with a wonderful book tunnel to parade through and Aggie’s feathers appearing gently around, reminding us of the fun we all had. While it is all over now, look out for more mesmerising performances from the Sunshine Coast Theatre company. The theatre is definitely brightening up our lives on the Sunshine Coast

Can I share with you a review of the performance by Lara Qualtrough.

Likely Story review

A light-hearted comedic tale set in the exact location where it happened. Books of Buderim appears to stock every book imaginable. Even the kind that come alive. A light-heart mystery full of witty one-liners and corny puns.

Anywhere Festival really is about making non-traditional performance spaces come alive with storytelling. What better place for storytelling than a place filled with stories? Books of Buderim is the location, the characters are the objects usually confined to shelves or (longingly) found in a reader’s hands. Likely Story is the story of books that haven’t been sold yet, but still have something to offer, if only to each other. A unique idea, with a script full of wittiness and puns, Likely Story is a light-hearted, fun-filled exploration of character and mystery.

The story begins, presumably, after closing time. That’s when the books wander and weave through the shelves, sharing themselves with those that will listen. The clever choreography uses every nook, cranny and shelf to introduce the characters. A glove is dropped, and the story begins. The story ticks over quickly: pacing is appropriate and the characters each have their moment. A balanced ensemble piece, Likely Story allows each performer their moment while delightfully advancing the story ahead. Clever direction by Riette de Jager allows us to move back and forward in time. The musical backdrop accompanies the story perfectly.

The simplicity of the script and characters kept this production light and airy and suited the venue. Another bookstore wouldn’t have suited the script as well as this did. Another script wouldn’t have suited the cast. The costuming was just enough to support the characters. Like a well-written book, everything tied in just so for this amusing production.