Arts and Cultural, Review

Review: Button Event, Queensland Theatre Company

Saturday 20th September 2014, 2pm


The “Button Event” is the true story of one man searching for connections in chaos. Juggling the daily grind of home, work and family comes to an abrupt halt when one of his twin daughters is diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis. In the time it takes to push a button the future of his family hangs in the balance between beauty and fear, faith and science – and what it takes to cope with the messy and absurd things life hurtles at you.

With him, we catapult into a world of sleep deprivation, seizures, medication, trampolines and home renovations. This one-man tour-de-force fuses physical performance, wry humour, raw emotion and a few hundred tennis balls.

Devised by the multi Greenroom Award-winning artist Todd MacDonald and acclaimed director Bagryana Popov, The Button Event is a deeply personal and fearlessly honest work, which ricochets between medical minefields, acts of faith and family counselling.


Honestly, it was one of the most powerful and very emotional show that I ever attended. There was time when I felt like crying or be scared of what might happen next. This show has received a standing ovation and it deserves the standing ovation for this show.

The whole show was chaotic! It went from being happy, lost, confusion, angry and grieving in between all of the medical terminology, background voices and tennis balls. Oh yes, great use of props – tennis balls!! It was a good metaphor to use as something for commotions that happens in the life of the father.

For every tennis balls that were thrown at him means, things was being thrown at him one at a time that he couldn’t grasp what was happening. The pain of a father can be felt throughout the show.

Oh and the was the glow in the dark tennis ball to demonstrate the EEG – the brain wave test. It was brilliant.

Overall, do go and see this show if you can!

Review of Auslan Interpreting

This show utilized an Auslan Interpreter for 2pm on 20th September and the interpreter did a great job interpreting medical terminology, role shifting and dealing with the chaotic on stage … at some point, I was thinking would a tennis ball hit the interpreter … it didn’t happen. The interpreter did a great job.




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