by Aaron Malkin
Life & Depth - Vancouver, BC
V.12 - Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W) 
"Genius. A masterpiece." - Fielkov
2016 Canadian Comedy Award winner and 16-time Best of Fest winner for his work as 'James' in the British duo James & Jamesy, Aaron heaves his "casual virtuosity" and "comedic brilliance" into this one-man autobiographical fairy tale. Nominated BEST COMEDY by Just for Laughs and BEST PRODUCTION (Centaur Theatre), Thunderfoot is one of those rare shows that "stays with you long after curtains close" (Montreal Rampage).

"Hilarious, inspired, and perfect." - T. Goldstein
"A heart-rending wonder." - K. Rosadiuk

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

No Warnings
Thu July 20 3:30 PM
Sat July 22 11:30 PM
Sun July 23 12:45 PM
Mon July 24 2:15 PM
Tue July 25 10:45 PM
Thu July 27 4:15 PM
Fri July 28 6:30 PM
Sat July 29 9:30 PM


Life & Depth—Asper Centre (U of W)

This one-man show from Aaron Malkin, otherwise known as James of James & Jamesy from 2 for Tea fame, is a showcase in which he demonstrates diverse theatrical skills. These range from mime to playing multiple characters with very different voices, to singing, all to support what is ultimately a very satisfying story.

At first it can be a little hard to understand what is going on. How are the old man sitting in the chair, the librarian, the main character Matteas (as an adult and in looking back on his life as a child), and what appear to be natural disasters, related? Malkin also employs some light audience participation, never bringing anyone on stage with him, as is common with the James & Jamesy shows, but instead encouraging the audience as a group to participate by making various sounds of animals and people throughout the show.

Eventually we learn that Matteas must confront a giant who is apparently terrorizing his town. As Matteas goes on his hero’s journey, he eventually learns the true identity and motivations of this giant, as do we, in a great twist. A second powerful twist comes near the conclusion of this play regarding the true meaning of all we have seen. Ultimately, it gives this story much more gravitas than a simple tale of a boy and a giant, and we come to understand how this fantastical play is “autobiographical.”

Konrad Antony