Lucille and Django, two yoga teachers, with no real training, a suppressed aggression and effervescent Australian accents, introduce their yogi’s to some interesting new poses and active wear that adds new levels to the meditative exercise. Throughout the show, we witness a real satire of the practice and those that tend to practice but a whole other underground layer that takes this show to places that they didn’t need to go.
PlayFool Theatre’s original debut comedy, following Tasmanian yoga instructors Lucille and Django or Meryl and Greg, as we are informed nearing the end of the show, is random, fun but essentially needs more work. They share the teachings of their late yoga master, Steve and use a passive aggressive and sometimes just aggressive tone with the audience as they incorporate them into their unqualified world of yoga and enlightenment.
Created and performed by Lauren O’Leary and Marcus Tischhauser, recent graduates of Drama & Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths College, University of London respectively, the show is at its best when satirising the practice or in the fine detail, including their choreographed gestures and bows. The audience participation with the breathing and gaining depth is well-scripted and comes across well, but the whole back story just adds a layer of nonsense to the narrative that omits the satire which comes from their parody yoga poses or Lucille’s inability to actually perform the practice.
Fun for the most part, it is perhaps worth a look in, but the plot seems to stretch in ways that are not necessary and Lucille and Django don’t require their back story. Greg and Meryl are best left out.