The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family by Ben Norris
19th October, Farnham Maltings
The lights are soft and low. The stage is bare save for a few choice items. A lone performer begins to speak, breaking the silence, crossing the void between spectator and speaker. You begin to realize this is not anything radical or new – nothing to fear –it is, in fact, the oldest mode of storytelling in the book. It is not easy to do this, to mesmerize and captivate with the voice alone, to tell a story using only a body and words, it is rather like singing a cappella. Luckily, we are in safe hands. This performer knows what he is doing. This performer is as confident as a septuagenarian rockstar, but without forfeiting any of the organic emotion which imbues his storytelling with such potent urgency.