Multi-award winning troupe Rorschach Beast return to Brighton this month with a new coming-of-age tale, Bus Boy.
Written by Izzy McDonald and directed by Geordie Crawley – theatre darlings hailing all the way from Perth, Australia – Bus Boy is a show of isolation, friendship, and stealing buses, all on a tourist destination island off the coast of the world’s most isolated city in Western Australia.
Bus Boy believes he’s a bus driver whenever he climbs on his bike. Isolated on Rottnest Island, he knows all the routes on the mainland.
Meanwhile, Jerry is a young woman stuck in transition. She’s returning to Rotto to cleanse herself of last year’s trauma. When she meets Bus Boy, she decides to complete her ritual by giving Bus Boy and herself one perfect night of secret sharing, grand theft auto and meat pies.
Lead by two of Western Australia’s most exciting emerging theatre makers, Rorschach Beast made waves during Fringe World 2016 with their sell-out and award winning hit Girl in the Wood, which won the festival’s Best Emerging Artist Award and Melbourne Fringe Ready to Tour Award.
If Girl in the Wood was an arrival for these young creatives, their new show is a way of them writing their names in wet cement. Winning the Martin Sims Award allowed them to tour internationally and bring this quintessentially Western Australia show to a Brighton audience, and realise Rottnest is more than just the home of the #quokkaselfie.