Ali Kennedy-Scott is a whirlwind, an irrepressible bundle of energy, spine and spirit, in “The Day the Sky Turned Black,” her one-woman show at the IATI Theater. It seems almost paradoxical that such a bright presence could write and perform the play, an enthralling if harrowing account of “Black Saturday” in 2009, when bush fires ravaged her native Australia. Yet by the production’s end, it’s clear that there is no one more suited to have conceived and presented it…… Ms. Kennedy-Scott’s transformations are quick and the situations are vivid. Most important, her portrayals are heartfelt: in them we see not just a hardy, exuberant and resourceful people but also a proud compatriot who appears to embody the very same qualities.
Ali Kennedy-Scott is an extraordinarily multitalented woman whose award-winning The Day The Sky Turned Black is both a humbling and uplifting experience. Breathing life into the young boy and an older woman is a standout achievement for Ali, her hugely diverse physical and verbal performance absorbing, endearing and inspired.
It’s no wonder that The Day the Sky Turned Black, written and performed by Ali Kennedy-Scott and directed by Adrian Barnes, has already received a number of awards and massive international critical acclaim….. Kennedy Scott’s portrayal of a mother whose son had been one of the arsonists involved in the fires was frank and gut-wrenching…. The performer’s transformation into the elderly, passionate Mabel entailed a body slump and complete voice change, and it was hard to conceive that you weren’t listening to a 73-year-old lady….absolutely stunning to watch