Dion

★★★★
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Dion by Gold Satino
Published 24 Feb 2018

Three of us squeeze into the back of a Hyundai hatchback. Writer and director Davina April Wright is at the driver’s seat. As she pulls away, and takes us on a meandering journey through Adelaide's East End, the car stereo narrates her break-up with her girlfriend of seven years, 'Dion'. What follows is an intimate and ambitious share-ride exploration of heartbreak, romance, longing, bitterness, sadness, love and loss.

There is a dream logic to Dion. As we travel through laneways and back alleys, we are made witness to surreal slices of ad hoc, curb-side theatre. We see people out jogging, couples in love, and watch on as a first date plays out in front of us. It all serves to cast the city in a new light, and you find yourself paying attention to all the pedestrian romances which Adelaide plays host to.

The drama takes a turn for the nightmarish as the show begins to examine the darker emotions which break forth in the aftermath of a break-up. It’s an excellent touch, which reinforces the personal nature of this show and paradoxically gives Dion universal relevance. This is profound experimental theatre with fantastic performances.