FIVE STARS... You owe it to yourself to see this show.
— REVIEW | TITANIC, The Music
Review: Doppelgangster’s TITANIC
JAMES DANIEL | The Music JUNE 7, 2016
Doppelgangster is a UK/Australian collaboration between MKA’s Tobias Manderson-Galvin and British academic and performance maker Dr Tom Payne. This new theatre company aims to respond to urgent concerns such as climate change, migration, community and class and dives headfirst into all of these issues in the stunningly messy and chaotic Titanic.
If you’ve ever thought theatre is boring, or tired, or recycling old ideas — then dammit, you owe it to yourself to see this show. Every time we start to describe what the show is about, words fail us; narrative construct isn’t exactly what you would call conventional in this reframing of the 1997 film. Filled with cheeky academic dissection, hilarious moments of anti-theatre and astute commentary on climate change and migration, this show is active, present, high energy, funny and politically on point. An amazing prog-rock/jazz-metal soundtrack from Melbourne-based composer Mr Jules Pascoe is just the icing on the cake. Doppelgangster’s TITANIC is the definition of coordinated chaos: the ocean lights up in flames, champagne spurts in celebration, a naked man drowns (while standing upright in front of a shipping container sculpture of the Titanic) and at one stage you have to jump out of your seat to avoid being hit by a car coming through the middle of the audience. There’s only two more performances, just go see it. Dress warm.