The premise is simple: a man, alone, waiting for the inescapable and inevitable end - an asteroid set to hit Earth in just under an hour. Whilst the idea might be relatively straightforward, the execution is not. Featuring multiple original songs, beautiful pianism, stellar acting, and improvised comedy, "Hello, Asteroid", has it all.
Hamish Pickering oozes talent. The type of talent that makes you question how on Earth you are afforded the privilege of watching him in an intimate studio in Subiaco, and not on the main stage of some Grand Theatre in London. It is an absurd idea, really, for one man to perform an original- and brilliant- cabaret, but Pickering is clearly at home under the spotlight. The songs range from amusing odes dedicated to slow walkers, to devastatingly real ballads about love and happiness; songs born from such emotion that you cannot help but wonder what is real and what is fiction.
What would you do if you had an hour left to live? It’s not an easy question, but one that Pickering explores through exceedingly clever lyricism that can only be labelled comedic existentialism. Whilst "Hello, Asteroid", is based around a fictionalised context and storyline (read: an asteroid is not hurtling towards Earth), the content of the show is poignantly relevant. In times of uncertainty, we often question what is truly important in our own lives. Is it your career? Finding your soulmate? Singing to your houseplants? This unassumingly philosophical cabaret will make you reflect on it all.
"Hello, Asteroid" accomplishes what any piece of art hopes to achieve- it makes us think. Through imagination, comedy, and music, Pickering emboldens spectators to chase happiness above all else, emphasising the importance of voicing the feelings and truths that so often remain unspoken. If I had an hour left on Earth, I may just spend it watching the ingenious and thought-provoking performance that is "Hello, Asteroid."