The Victorian premiere of Aidan Fennessy’s The Way Things Work examines the corrupting influence of power between friends, brothers and allies.
Three fast-paced acts spin the audience from a Minister’s private office, to a concrete company in crisis, to a prison in lock down. Actors Joe Petruzzi and Peter Houghton deliver outstanding performances, shifting character with ease and maintaining impressive tension.
The set design and costumes – also by Aidan Fennessy – are simple, allowing for the actors to move seamlessly between scenes and characters. Matt Scott’s lighting design provides some excellent moments.
It is not hard to see the connection between The Way Things Work and the contemporary political landscape. The core idea of the work – that we should assume that corruption can occur in any organised structures of power – is sound, and Aidan Fennessy’s play delivers this message with style and smarts.