Calgary’s Frivolous Fools Performance take their audience on an eventful historical journey aboard a musical ship.
The epic is a well-told tale of a woman who dresses like a boy among the crew of Henry Hudson’s doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage in 1610, but the real discovery is this adventuresome troupe and its visual and aural ingenuity. The entire quarterdeck Hudson’s ship is made up of found objects — other people’s garbage — which then double as musical instruments built into the set. The three-member cast enhance their storytelling with an evocative soundscape. Through unobtrusive tapping, bowing and blowing, we hear the workings of the ship, the calls of whales and crunch of stepped-upon snow.
Geneviere Pare plays the beardless boy Andrew with requisite pluck and shares the playwriting credit with Ian McFarlane, who serves as a seaman/poet and love interest. Come aboard for a memorable trip.
— Kevin Prokosh