GRIT achieves critical acclaim

Performance review: GRIT, Perseverance Street studio, Queensland. 27 mar 2024
- Doug Robins

Perseverance Street Theatre Company, Gympie. March 2024
- Simon Denver

Theatre Review: GRIT by Perseverance Street Theatre Company March 2024
- Vivianne Wynter

GRIT Perseverance Street Theatre Company WRCC auditorium 13 march 2024
- Mark Svensden

GRIT: The Stories. The Town . The Music Review 2022
By Dr Jo Loth, Director of Drama, The National Theatre Melbourne

Inspired by material collected in interviews from 30 members of the Gympie community,  GRIT is a new work exploring what ‘resilience’ looks and feels like in a regional community.   The prologue clearly lays out what is in store – we’ll be meeting six characters all played by the one actor (talented newcomer Fletcher Colfs)  with original songs sung by the three person chorus (Ben Adams, Sarah Briggs and Kellie Knowles) accompanied by guitarist  William Clift .  

Audience Feedback

This is a show that invites the audience in,  and lets us take our time to get to know each character.  The songs cover a range of styles including blues, jazz and folk.  Three stand out songs are “My boy”,  “When I close my eyes”  (with sublime three part harmonies) and the humorous “It is as it is”.

The show is characterised by a gentle humour,  focus on ensemble and a sense of ‘taking time’.  Dr Sharon Hogan’s direction skillfully paces the action, with incredibly moving use of simple props and movement sequences.  It’s elegant simplicity in action that prioritises the performer-audience connection.  

Fletcher is a born storyteller who shapeshifts with ease between characters. It is  especially beautiful to see a young  actor easily move between ages and genders, with a sense of empathy and humanity rather than caricature. 

The structure of the show and choices made in its creation lead to a striking new work that is accessible and empathy evoking.   The choice to have one actor playing six roles highlights the shared humanity of all of the characters, and also clarifies that these six characters are aspects of a community rather than ‘verbatim’ representations.  The guitar accompaniment is skillful and the  three person chorus allow for a range of musical styles to be covered and three part harmonies create a rich soundscape for the unfolding action.  The direct address of monologues and song leads to a feeling of connection with each character and moment.  

This is an impressive debut from a new regional company.