A bunch of strangers sharing the same staging and props but telling completely different stories, to show how similar people are when trying to find their purpose or are healing. That’s the premise of No Limits. Sprinkle this with an excellent cast, and humour that draws from very familiar topics and you get a show that is not only entertaining, but very interesting to watch unfold in its song cycle format.

Credit: Danny Kaan

For those who haven’t experienced a song cycle before, such as myself, it comprises a group of individual songs performed in a sequence. Which means you don’t get as much depth within the characters and their storylines as you do in a regular musical with a fleshed out plot, because the songs have a storyline in themselves, with beginning, middle, and end. This makes for a refreshing perspective on how to use music to tell a story. 

As the characters start interacting with the set we notice they’re in completely different worlds despite sharing the same stage. Rhys Wilkinson’s clever movement direction – is at times quite eloquent, evoking emotion through modern dance-inspired movements. Thus taking most of the credit for the lively use of such a small stage, and the subtle visual connections between the characters. But it’s in the themes of the songs where we find the strongest bonds between the strangers on stage, and by extension in the audience. They sing about grief, commitment issues, the pursuit of long lost dreams, the complications of romantic relationships, the power of platonic ones, amongst others. You’re bound to recognise yourself in at least one of the characters and their experience, if not multiple, and this is how the show holds your attention. The excitement of not knowing what story will come next and if you’ll see yourself in it. This relatability meant the audience couldn’t help themselves and cheered mid-song on multiple occasions for every single cast cast member, as they deserved it.

Credit: Danny Kaan

And speaking of the cast, what an amazing bunch! Natalie May Paris’ (#Dreamer) vocals had such a grip on the audience you could hear a pin drop whenever she showed up. When paired with Mary Moore (#Funemployed), the duo added some great comic moments to the piece. But it was Owen Claytons’ (#Romantic) subtly heartfelt performance and effortless humour which stole the show for me.

No Limits is a light-hearted, fun night out with no fuss. Just some people like you and me trying to navigate life as best as they can. But in this case they’re singing some pretty good tunes along the way and that’s always a win. Here’s hoping that the future of this show knows no limits.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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