[ Live Review] The Illusion of Reality

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How real is Reality TV? When we take time to examine it more closely it is easy to see how a thin veneer can be applied to any situation to make believable to be chewed up and spat out by the gullible consumers that these shows are aimed at.

Actor Stuart Fisher brings to the stage a discussion piece to unveil the inconvenient truth of how the Reality TV machine really works. Famous for being the slow- motion dancing Broncos fan in the NRMA television advertisements Stuart has known his fair share of the entertainment industry.

As he reflects on what the reality of being a TV reality star is he dissects and displays all of the under handed lies that go on behind the scenes to make these mass produced shows watchable.

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As Stuart puts the shows that he starred in ( Weight loss show “Big”)  under the inconvenient microscope he reveals how characters are assassinated by networks and demonstrates how easy it is to devour the “reality” that TV networks churn out to millions of viewers all over the country and the world.

Clearly a man deeply hurt by his experience as a reality TV contestant Stuart displays truths that will make viewers evaluate all that they thought they knew about television. He displays the dark side from his point of view leaving the audience to process these truths.

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He makes valid points, that are articulated intelligently and when broken down and exposed make a lot of sense. It questions how as a society we tend to take what is shown to us by the media at face value and never question what lies beneath the surface: quite often a less controversial, less predicable truth of people’s real lives. Producers are portrayed as minions that are willing to go to any length, even if it means destroying the lives of innocent people caught in the web of good ratings and watch-ability.

Stuart delivers his discussion piece with confidence, humor and a little self deprecation that is both witty and charming. As his story of the trauma he faced is unveiled it is hard not to feel pathos for a man who’s life was practically destroyed by Reality TV. The piece is an opportunity for Stuart to fight back, and have his voice. Whilst it may be a kind of catharsis for Stuart to finally have his say it is for the viewer a thought provoking intelligent piece that will leave a long lasting impression on you long after the show has ended.

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