A BLACK COMEDY
Directed by Damon Lockwood & Shane Adamczak
What happens when a dreamer meets the girl of his dreams?
From the mind of Shane Adamczak (Zack Adams, 3 x Just For Laughs Award Nominee and producer of the ★★★★★ Fringe hits This Is Not A Love Song and Vicious Circles) comes a boy meets girl story that’s less than ordinary.
ABOVE: Images from the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Season, photos by Thea Fitz-James
TRAMPOLINE is the story of Matt, a dreamer whose worlds of fiction and reality are constantly being intertwined and combined into a surreal dreamscape mash-up of fiction, imaginary characters and real (although utterly bizarre) people. He finds it hard to fit in, or so he is told.
As part of his ongoing treatment, his therapist Doctor Vangillies suggests he start keeping a dream journal and documenting his dreams, nightmares, thoughts and fears. Matt’s journal serves as way to talk about what he sees, what is real and what is product of his vivid imagination and for while, it proves very effective, that is, until he meets Kelly.
The new neighbor across the street, Kelly is beautiful, talented, funny and she even has a trampoline, Matt is instantly smitten.
The show follows their awkward and impossible courtship as Matt struggles to find what is most important to him and what reality it belongs in.
ABOVE: Images from the 2014 Montreal production, images by Louis Longpré
WINNER – 2014 Turnstile Award.
★★★★★“There’s really nothing to dislike about this show” – Kryztoff
★★★★½“A surreal and captivating little gem” – Adelaide Theatre Guide
★★★★½“I left with a warmed heart and an ear-to-ear grin” – Great Scott Media
★★★★½“This is an absurdist piece with heart” – GLAM Adelaide
★★★★ “Thoroughly entertaining and filled with plenty of humour” – Rip It Up
“Very Funny” – Winnipeg Free Press
“If you loved the film Garden State this play will win over your heart …the many moments that celebrate what makes us each a little weird, that will will make audiences swoon.” -CBC
“Quirky and charming …The cast, and their talents, are definitely the highlights of the show…it’s a trio with great chemistry and timing…The writing is witty and fun…Watch for these fine Aussies in the future—they’re going places!” -Culture Vulture
“Seriously, Trampoline is Goddamn adorable. What could have easily been trite and predictable is allowed to be wonderful and touching thanks to a talented trio of young people. Adamczak deserves all the praise that followed him into town…the depth of just how, “lovely,” this little love story made me feel was something I found myself trying desperately to hold onto hours afterwards. You don’t have to see Trampoline, but I assure you that your 2015 Victoria Fringe will be much colder and darker without it.” -The Marble
“This is a well written and cleverly acted play that will delight and amuse but also make you questions your notions of normal” – The Australia Times
“Adamczak’s trademark lighthearted humour will appreciate an interesting change of pace as this dark comedy reveals moments of real heartbreak… But that’s not to say your face won’t hurt from laughing as you leave the theatre. Layered and touching, Trampoline is a gorgeous piece of theatre you won’t soon forget.” -Bloody Underrated
“Adamczak, takes that idea of boy meets girl and turns it on its head, creating a wonderfully absurd piece that will have you laughing in your seat….Trampoline is easily one of the funniest plays I have seen in a while” – The AU Review
“Shane Adamczak is a comic writing genius in my book. His short play Trampoline is one of the most endearingly whimsical love stories to grace the small stage I’ve ever seen. It packs such a ‘feel good’ punch that once its finished you’ll want to go straight back into the theatre and watch it all over again.” -PerthCulture.com
★★★★½ “Working with a strong script, skilful technical support and talented comic actors, Trampoline is a perfect dream for creators and audiences alike… Short, sweet, quirky, produced with passion – Trampoline has all the elements that demonstrate why The Blue Room Theatre is such a vital part of Perth’s cultural milieu. ″ – artsHubs.com.au
“The acting under the directorship of Damon Lockwood was wonderful. The expressions, characterisation, accents and body language were well-observed and fully exploited, to achieve maximum fun…One of the Blue Room’s funniest shows for a long time. Great team work. Highly recommended.” – Theatre Australia
“Trampoline is offbeat and refreshing, jam-packed with laughs, and just a bit touching…Whimsical doesn’t even begin to describe Trampoline. Shane Adamczak’s writing is so close to life, whilst being just a little bit strange, that it makes for enjoyable theatre. Trampoline is nothing less than great fun and worth a look if you’re in the mood for an upbeat comedy with some touching themes.” – AussieTheatre.com.au
“This dark comedy is equal parts touching, funny, awkward and sad, and the characters will tug at your heartstrings and refuse to let go.” -Bloodyunderrated.net
“The three-person cast were incredible, clearly experienced performers, who immersed themselves in their roles and drew the audience into the tale from the very beginning. …The 60 minute play was performed without a hitch, and was, and is likely to remain, the most enjoyable hour of my week. I cannot recommend this production more highly.” – Colosoul Magazine
“Adamczak again displays his natural ability to completely immerse himself in his characters and draw the audience into his world. Along with the equally excellent performances by Stevie and Vance the play is both touching and hilarious.” – Culture Plus
“The clever-ness in writing will blow you away in this piece: Its’ funny and truly entertaining” – perthfringereview
ABOVE: Images from the debut 2013 Perth production, images by Mitchell Richards
Kryztoff – ★★★★★ Review (March 2016)
The Adelaide Theatre Guide – ★★★★½ Review (March 2016)
Great Scott – ★★★★½ Review (March 2016)
GLAM Adelaide – ★★★★½ Review (March 2016)
The Advertiser – ★★★★ Review (March 2016)
Rip It Up – ★★★★ Review (March 2016)
CVV Magazine – Review (Sept 2015)
The Marble – Review (Sept 2015)
Perthculture.com – Review (April 2014)
Bloody Underrated – Review (May 2014)
The Australian Times – Review, May 2014
Culture Plus, Montreal – Review (May 2014)
Montreal Rampage – Review (May 2014)
artsHub.com.au – ★★★★½ Review (October 2013)
Colosoul – Review (October 2013)
The AU Review – Review (October 2013)
We Love Perth – Interview (October 2013)
The West Australian – Review (October 2013)
AussieTheatre.com.au – Review (October 2013)
Theatre Australia – Review (October 2013)
Interview – Blue Room Theatre (Sept 2013)
Theatre People – (Sept 2013)
OUT IN PERTH – Interview (Sept 2013)
THEMUSIC.COM.AU – Interview (October 2013)
The AU Review – Interview (October 2013)
Reading preview – Bloody Underrated (Montreal, May 2013)