A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

For the third year in a row one of Australia’s most well known female comedy acts, the Kransky Sisters, all the way from the quiet town of Esk in the middle of south east Queensland, have been travelling the country with their Christmas show.

The show has proved to be a  hit with audiences with its very reliable recipe. Their deadpan banter and  droll anecdotes are mixed with a range of musical numbers which showcase their very fine and sometimes quirky musicianship,  with instruments including a tuba and a fascinating musical saw.

The show felt a little too ‘contained’ to begin but once the ladies got going they started interacting with the audience and the show became  warmer and more entertaining. Continue reading A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

DRAWING BLOOD – OCCULT LIFE DRAWING AT 107 PROJECTS

107 Projects is at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern

DRAWING BLOOD OCCULT LIFE DRAWING celebrates the life and art of the infamous “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton.

A bohemian, feminist, artist, provocateur and all out witch, this Australian woman is as fascinating as her esoteric art. A long time muse to Drawing Blood, 107 Projects  are thrilled to bring her mystical creatures, demonic entities and erotic worshippers artwork to life.

Starting from 7pm, supernatural models will pose in various mystical formations for your life sketching studies, while our witchdoctor conjures atmospheric tunes to inspire, and a special performance to lift the spirits. Refreshments and potent elixirs available at the bar.

7pm onwards, 13 Dec 2017.  Cost is $20/15 on door.  Bring your own satchel of magic tools – paper, pads, charcoal, pencils, inks, pastels, oil sticks, pens etc.

107 projects  cultivates spaces for emerging creatives to thrive. “Our floors are proudly un-polished, because the truth is, all art has dirty beginnings.  Stepping into 107 is a bit like stepping inside the creative mind. Experiments happen and shit gets weird – but ultimately great work emerges from a rich, creative culture.”

There is always so much happening at this fantastic space.  Exhibitions, music, theatre, discussion and so much more.   You can find out more about 107 by visiting:

http://107.org.au/

More information about DRAWING BLOOD OCCULT LIFE DRAWING  is available at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1504441973009912/

LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Above: Rebekah Petty as_Medora. William Douglas as Conrad. Picture Ron Fung Banner Image: Ethan Louis and Ashley Lean

LE CORSAIRE (The Pirate’s Story) is one of the world’s most loved ballets complete with pirates, beautiful maidens, romance and shipwrecks. A full length version of the classic has never before been staged by an Australian ballet company.

The Victorian State Ballet are delighted to perform the work at The Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday March 17 at 7.00pm and Sunday March 18 at 2.30pm, following its May premiere season in Victoria. Continue reading LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

LEXUS AUSTRALIA SHORT FILM FELLOWSHIP

Nashen Moodley, Emily Avila, Goran Stolevski, Lara Kose, Thomas Baricevic, Vin Naidoo
Lexus ; Sydney Film Festival Short Film Fellowship Announcement.
Photo: Belinda Rolland                                                                                                                                            Banner Image: Lexus Aus Short Film Fellowship – 2016 FELLOWS

Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia are encouraging all up and coming Australian filmmakers to enter the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship through Sydney Film Festival, with submissions accepted from 4 December 2017 until 29 January 2018.

The Fellowship is the largest cash prize for short film in Australia, offering $50,000 each to four filmmakers to produce their next short film. Continue reading LEXUS AUSTRALIA SHORT FILM FELLOWSHIP

MOONLIGHT CINEMA OPENS WITH OSCAR WHISPERED FILM

Banner Image: Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Photo by Merrick Morton – © 2017 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Moonlight Cinema opened in style last night with a film which is already being whispered about in Oscar terms.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI has star turns from Woody Harrelson,  Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and a suppoprting cast including Peter Dinklage and Australian Abbie Cornish.

It is a gripping drama which is helmed by McDormand in a highly internalised performance.  It’s a complicated film in that no-one is really likeable and it’s impossible to decide who to root for.  They are all pretty unpleasant and the dark, very dark, humour that comes from their behaviour is extremely entertaining to watch.

MOONLIGHT CINEMA has a fantastic line-up of films this season and family films are firmly on the agenda.  To celebrate the first day of the summer school holidays Moonlight Cinema, presented by NAB, is hosting a Teddy Bear’s picnic and advanced screening of PADDINGTON 2  on Saturday 16 December, 2018.

Being a BYO event, Moonlight Cinema is a low-cost, easy night out for everyone. If you’re too busy to BYO don’t stress, Moonlight can provide you with everything you need – hot food, drinks, snacks and bean bed rental. For a luxury experience, Moonlight’s Gold Grass offers reserved bean beds in a premium viewing location and waiter service.

With superb weather last night, the crowd watched a lovely sunset over Centennial Park before the film and the vista of building lights and circling planes during the movie.  Stars and stars.

For more information about MOONLIGHT CINEMA and their current program visit:

https://www.moonlight.com.au/sydney/program/

ARTISTS 4. LIFE: NEW EXHIBITION

This Image: DEAD FISH – Hell Pixie and Snapper Colour Photograph by David Porteous     Banner Image: SHIPWRECKED Framed Print by Digital Artist Carolyn Kenrick

Artists4.life 2017 is a Group Art Exhibition giving both emerging and established Australian Artists exposure to new audiences, whilst also raising money for humanitarian aid.

Artists4.life is raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid.

The Corner Gallery, Stanmore  is on the Corner Percival and Myrtle Street Stanmore Continue reading ARTISTS 4. LIFE: NEW EXHIBITION

PADDINGTON 2: A SEQUEL TO EQUAL

It’s been a big year for the bruin.

Earlier we had a scene stealing bear in the woods in Logan Lucky, then the bizarrely beautiful Brigsby Bear, and more recently the appearance of Pooh in Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Now we have a year capper with PADDINGTON 2, that rare beast, a sequel as good, if not better, that the original – a sequel among equals.

Pint sized Paddington may look like an Ursa minor, but his courage and kindness makes him an Ursa major, a selfless bear bearing bonhomies with bare faced good will.

Exquisitely voiced again by Ben Whishaw, Paddington is that splendid blend of nobility and naivety, a scrupulous Peruvian of impeccable courtesy with a benign gift for catastrophe. The road to hilarity is paved with good intentions and Paddington’s good intentions lead him to be incarcerated after being wrongfully found guilty of bear handed burglary.

Paddington’s imprisonment puts him in close proximity to a career crim, Knuckles McGinty played with utter glee by Brendan Gleeson. Knuckles is the prison’s cook and gives new meaning to the term Knuckle Sandwich, but he is soon charmed by the affable bear, and incorporates Paddington into his planned jail break.

Meanwhile, Paddington’s adoptive family, the Browns, are furiously trying to find the real culprit and clear their erstwhile ursine’s name.
In the first movie, Nicole Kidman was superb as the ice-cold Millicent Clyde, who wanted to catch, kill, and stuff Paddington and put him on permanent exhibition. The character was a wee bit scary for some younger audience members, so the new villain has been toned down with Hugh Grant playing vainglorious actor, Phoenix Buchanan, master of disguise, and purloiner of Paddington’s freedom by framing him with bare faced lies.

PADDINGTON 2 boasts the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi as the nasty, neighbourhood watchman, Curry, with notable newbies such as Joanna Lumley, Noah Taylor, Ben Miller and Jessica Hynes. Brill!

Appropriately for a bear bearing the name of a famous train station, PADDINGTON 2 features a thrilling train chase that’s full steam ahead in thrills and laughs.

VFX and CG Supervisors, Andy Kind and Glen Pratt and Animation Director, Pablo Grillo, along with the huge VFX team at Framestore, are again charged with the stunning challenge of making this “real”, a challenge met superbly in a glorious homage to early silent screen comedy.

Many of the creatives from the first film are back to ensure the further adventures of Paddington Bear live up to the quality achieved in the original film, and the care taken for this care bear shows in every frame.

Check out the clobber by Academy Award Winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming, and Gary Williamson’s stunning production design.

Charming beyond belief, PADDINGTON 2 is a perfect holiday movie, a great big bear hug of a film. Grin and bear it? More like guffaw and bare it!

NT LIVE:PETER PAN IS STRIKING AND ORIGINAL

Bold , striking and original this is a sensational reworking of JM Barrie’s PETER PAN as part of the NT Live series .It was a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic , as directed by Sally Cookson. It is enchanting and is at times childlike and playful, vibrant and colourful, at others quite melancholy ,or dark and sinister . The ending is extremely moving . There is a haunting sense of loss and of the wearing away of innocence.  Continue reading NT LIVE:PETER PAN IS STRIKING AND ORIGINAL

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET @ The Capitol Theatre

In 2011 Christopher Wheeldon created sustained narrative with ongoing character development, with his new classic ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a full-length work in three acts, for the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. I am forever grateful that The Australian Ballet has carefully re-created this amazing fast-paced spectacular ballet, using the best of the best Australian ballet dancers and some guest artists, and is now available for Sydney audiences for a very limited time, after first being seen by Melbourne audiences.

This is the must see ballet this decade, so much better to experience live on stage, rather than watching The Royal Ballet September 2011 dvd version.

Brilliant family friendly ballet entertainment, has been adapted from Lewis Carroll’s childrens’ book. Christopher Wheeldon‘s always inventive and breathtaking choreography created for each famous character, is meticulously and gracefully combined with colour co-ordinated eclectic costumes by Bob Crowley, together with captivating colourful set designs also by Bob Crowley, all are a standout, and the famous plot has been blended with a memorable and thought provoking music score by Joby Talbot that contributes resonant depth to each well-remembered character. Banks of moving spots are used to create everything from black/white checker board flooring through to swimming in an ocean of tears.

Fully animated 4K high definition, bright video projection delivered the immediate ability to suspend disbelief, as Alice is seen to tumble and to fall down the rabbit hole, and provides the “drink me” Alice shrinking experience and then the “eat me” Alice expanding sequence, complete with the changing sizes of the wall of doors of the room that she tries to escape from. Gigantic Alice trapped in an ultra-tiny room, is a magicians delight with its delicious false perspective.

The Red Queen of Hearts is extremely tall, and later becomes extremely tall and wider, soon heralding the sudden and unexpected appearance of the Red King of Hearts. The Red Queen soon delivered howls of laughter from the children in the first night audience, so many wonderful things happen, and always suitable for all ages.

The captivating performance delivered by the tap-dancing Mad Hatter, drew applause from the well entertained audience. The full sized Cheshire Cat easily generated oohhs and aahhs from all, as did the brilliant full sized Caterpillar.

This Australian Ballet production, again and again, has absolutely perfect mises-en-scène optimally visualised for each and every complex scene, where the combination of choosing the perfect cast for each role, and every element of the set design and costumes and music soundtrack, have joined together to create a unique and very original ballet experience. Highly recommended.

Conductor: Nicolette Fraillon
Alice: Ako Kondo
Jack/The Knave of Hearts: Ty King-Wall
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit: Adam Bull
Mother/Queen of Hearts: Amy Harris
Father/King of Hearts: Steven Heathcote (Guest Artist)
Magician/Mad Hatter: Kevin Jackson
Raj/Caterpillar: Jarryd Madden
Duchess: Ben Davis
Wonderland Characters: Artists of The Australian Ballet and supernumeries.
Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Music Joby Talbot orchestrated by Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
 Scenario Nicholas Wright
 Set and costume design Bob Crowley
 Lighting design Natasha Katz
 Animated Projection designs Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington
 Puppet concept and design Toby Olié
 Magic consultant Paul Kieve
 With Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney
 With Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne
Congratulations to Valerie Tereshchenko, who just received the 2017 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, and also to Jake Mangakahia, who took out the People’s Choice Award. 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© was commissioned and first performed by The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© is a co-production of The Australian Ballet and The National Ballet of Japan.
The Kenneth R Reed Fund generously supports the re-creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© for The Australian Ballet.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is playing 5-22 December 2017 at The Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney.

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Photography by Johan Persson. All images depict the Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©. © ROH, 2013.


 

WONDER WHEEL : WHEN MOURNING BECOMES ECLECTIC

Light on laughs but colossal in its homage to American theatrical drama of the 2oth century, Woody Allen‘s WONDER WHEEL is a dark carnival attraction bathed in golden light by wondrous cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro.

Channelling Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and funnelling his own septuagenarian sensibilities through the prism of nostalgia, WONDER WHEEL tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s.

Ginny (Kate Winslet), a melancholy, emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house. The world was once her oyster, now she’s shackled to the shucked, and Humpty (Jim Belushi), her shambling and dishevelled carousel operator husband.

Ginny meets Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright and embarks on an affair. Meanwhile, Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, appears and asks for sanctuary and succour from her dumb sucker of a gangster husband. Continue reading WONDER WHEEL : WHEN MOURNING BECOMES ECLECTIC

IT’S ALL ABOUT WOMEN FESTIVAL: TIX ON SALE FRIDAY

Banner Image: Fran Lebowitz (Photo:Brigitte Lacombe)
Image Above: CN Lester (Photo: Helen Bartlett)

 The Sydney Opera House today announced the line-up for its sixth All About Women festival on Sunday 4 March 2018. For next year’s ALL ABOUT WOMEN a stellar cast of international and local storytellers, thinkers and game-changers will explore the issues and ideas important to women in 2017, including: Continue reading IT’S ALL ABOUT WOMEN FESTIVAL: TIX ON SALE FRIDAY

SOME OF THE WINNERS AT THIS YEAR’S ARIAS

The Media Room has hosted many surprise visits from notable musicians. None were so great in stature (and I mean that literally and figuratively) as Mick Fleetwood, one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac. Furthermore, the Media Room winners represented a combination of both the old and new with awards going to Paul Kelly and Jimmy Barnes (for Best Children’s Album!). The up and coming award winners saw Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark and All My Exes Live In Texas embrace the red couch to be interviewed by the ABC’s Robbie Buck. Darryl Brathwaite was inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame.

Featured image- Daryl Braithwaite, 2017’s inductee into Aria’s Hall Of Fame. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.

http://www.ariaawards.com.au

RED CARPET : THE ARIAS @ THE STAR

This year the rock and pop chicks decided to go glamorous and the blokes wore the traditional grunge. Although the headline acts did not walk the carpet, the presence of so many up and coming musicians gave the Red Carpet a very special buzz.  Featured image is of Samantha Jade. All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

 

DISCOUNT OFFER TO BEDLAM CABARET (SILLY SEASON EDITION)

Skye Gellmann is an Australian Artist & Circusmaker.

Company of Rogues has a discount offer to readers of Sydney Arts Guide.  Get BEDLAM: SILLY SEASON  adult tickets for just $25.  The show is only on for one night so get in quick.

Showcasing new and emerging Sydney performers alongside the city’s coolest established artists, this is the Christmas party you always wished for. Bedlam Silly Season will be a madcap multi-genre kringle-themed cabaret blending burlesque, music and song with cutting edge comedy and seriously sizzling performance art.

THE BEDLAM CABARET is a relatively new initiative from Company of Rogues that has come about from our experience as an emerging theatre and entertainment producer. Our goal is to create a space where new and emerging artists from across Sydney can share the stage with established performers, helping to create new networks across genres and valuable opportunities for artists to learn from each other.

Every cabaret promises to be truly multi-genre in its curation. We held our first Bedlam in July as a fundraiser for one of our productions but found those involved were keen to see it return.

The Silly Season Edition tomorrow (Thursday 7th December)  will be the first of three planned Bedlams, with the next in the Mardi Gras Festival, and another around Easter 2018. Each show promises to get bigger and better.

FEATURING:
Ballina Gee (Opera), Skye Gellmann (Circus), Nitin Vengurlekar (Comedy), Sophie deLightful (Cabaret), Alison Bennett (Cabaret), Mama La Roux (Burlesque), and Alistair Toogood (Vocalist).

When: 7th December 2017, 7pm for 8pm showtime.
Where: Red Rattler, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville New South Wales 2204
Tickets: www.trybooking.com 
Enter the code ‘VIP’ during checkout to get your discount tickets!

For more information about The Company of Rogues visit

https://companyrogues.com/

SYDNEY FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

Photos: Jamie Williams

Always a favourite night out during the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is heading to Parramatta Park for SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS on January 20th 2018.

It’s the perfect evening for families and friends to pack a hamper, grab a blanket, and settle back in a Sydney summer dusk to enjoy beautiful music. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL FAVOURITE: SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS

OLD FITZ THEATRE ANNOUNCES FOR 2018

What’s at the Old Fitz Theatre in 2018?

 The 2018 season contains:

3 World Premieres (including a musical)
3 Australian Premiers
2 Sydney Premieres
2 Of the great contemporary love stories
Plus the Launch of Red Line UNDERGROUND, Monday Night extravaganzas: including Burlesque with Hannah Raven
Just The Two Of Us with Scott Witt
Bang Bang Rodeo with Jane Watt

Continue reading OLD FITZ THEATRE ANNOUNCES FOR 2018

VIRGINS AND COWBOYS @ THE STABLES THEATRE

There is nothing quite like the start to an opening night at the Stables Theatre. The buzz in the foyer. Then the bell ringing. The Artistic Director Lee Lewis giving her brief, always chirpy welcome. The audience slowly making its way to the narrow entrance into the theatre and filling it up to more than capacity as people are squeezed in tightly next to each other.

We take our seats in the theatre to see three dudes, seated at different angles to the audience, looking out at us rather nonchalantly. The play, running at just under ninety minutes straight through, sees us follow their very different journeys.

The three dudes, the Cowboys of the rather ironic title, Sam, Kieran and  Dale, are regular sort of guys who work together at a local Subway store. We presume that their chat is taking place during a lunch break. Their conversation revolves around Sam’s resolve, that at this stage of his life, his goal is to be the dude, the cowboy who wants to break in a virgin. He wants to feel, to take in on every level, the intense experience that this will be.

Sam has his eye on two Virgins from amongst their friends and acquaintances; 29 year old Steph and 19 year old Lane.  Kieran and Dale egg him on. This is the starting point for a play which takes off in many different tangents.

My best description of the show…Its an authentic, humorous, very theatrical and sometimes touching exploration of the contemporary singles scene with its complex landscape.   Continue reading VIRGINS AND COWBOYS @ THE STABLES THEATRE

NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FAMOUS: THE BODYBAG!

 

Trevor Ashley in  THE BODYBAG: The Panto

“IT’S NOT RIGHT…. BUT IT’S OKAY”

Multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*.  But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection.  Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport. Continue reading NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING FAMOUS: THE BODYBAG!

NEW BREED: FROM SYDNEY DANCE CO

 

Cass Mortimer Eipper and Nelson Earl in Bell Jar. Photo: Pedro Greig

NEW BREED: Sydney Dance Company

Quite a mixed bill in this latest presentation by Sydney Dance , the fourth presentation of NEW BREED – something for everyone yet challenging and provoking .

First up was Bell Jar choreographed and performed by Cass Mortimer Eipper and Nelson Earl . Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s work in some ways it is about confronting one’s inner demons. It was very macho yet intimate , strong and sweaty, very powerful and thrillingly performed with hints of violence hidden below the surface. The two were topless and in dark trousers In some ways it was as if they were two halves of a whole and Earl was trying to escape perhaps.

It was slithery, fast and furious with sinuous arms and a martial arts feel at times. Other sections featured the use of angular elbows, or sculptural silhouette .  The music by Marco Cher-Gibard at times crashed and roared.  There was an emotionally powerful ending with Earl perhaps dying in Mortimer-Eipeer’s arms.

Next came Petros TreklisThe Art of Letting Go .” 7 dancers portraying one man and his mind”.It opened with a fantastic solo for Sam Young-Wright looming out of the darkness. The seven wore grey outfits. In some ways it is perhaps reminiscent of Murphy’s ‘Purgatory ‘ .  Choreographically the work featured fluid, slinky movement , exciting ensemble work , runs , some striking , dangerous lifts … isolation movements are included , as well as stylized repeated small movements .There is an atmosphere of love and loss . It concludes with more tumultuous slinky , ensemble work.

Tyrone Earl Lrae Robinson’s strange [bio]Curious was first after interval , which he informs us in the program notes is attempting to question the relationship we have with the natural world. I found it coolly clinical yet simultaneously stylised and extremely sensual.

It opens with Chloe Leong like a goddess in the bath , in a heavily stylized and textured leotard , who entices with a slinky , sensual solo ( echoes perhaps of Murphy’s Some Rooms ? ) . Nelson Earl appears and there are slithery pas de deux . The set is of plants mostly in display cases but some on a table and there is much symbolic use of the plants – sniffing , tasting etc . Their tryst is interrupted by Davide Di Giovanni in a black floral mask – a reference perhaps to the serpent and garden of Eden ?

Melanie Lane’s WOOF with its pulsating music by Clark , flickering lights and sculptural lines explores various intellectual and physical ideas , with fine ensemble work by all . While WOOF is perhaps a little long Lane reveals enormous potential. It strives to express ‘ the fantasy of a post-human collective spirit ‘ and has a cast of twelve. Aleisa Jelbart’s delicate ghostly white costumes become dirty by the end because of the blackened hands of the dancers .

There are allusions to Baroque paintings and Bangarra perhaps , with allusions to other past pop dance and art ‘schools’ which gradually develops into a pastiche of contemporary and includes lots of fast , fiddly footwork . Choreographically it also included lots of runs , fast furious jumps and lots of walks and sections on high demi pointe. At times the ensemble writhed sculpturally, at others they split into smaller groups of trios or quartets . Absorbing .

Sydney Dance NEW BREED runs at Carriageworks 30 November – 9 December 2017
https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/productions/new-breed-2017/#.WiTmt0qWbDd

TAKING STEPS @ THE ENSEMBLE

In 1979, award-winning British playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, wrote TAKING STEPS, which he describes as “the only true farce I’ve ever written”.  In a decade where English humour was making huge waves, particularly in Australia, with ‘Monty Python’ and ‘Fawlty Towers’, TAKING STEPS has the same impact, offering eccentric, flawed characters and tantalising dialogue.

The play is set in an old, dilapidated Victorian mansion called The Pines.  It is reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute.  Enhancing the play’s farcical humour, the three storeys of the run-down house become one storey on stage.  Two sets of banisters mark two imaginary staircases on which the actors frantically or cautiously prance up and down.  It’s a wonderful theatrical technique by Ayckbourn and works beautifully. Continue reading TAKING STEPS @ THE ENSEMBLE

WASTED: KATE TEMPEST’S WORK DELIVERED WITH EXCELLENCE

 

Production Image: Robert Catto

Kate Tempest is a phenomenon.  The front page of her website has Musician, Poet, Novelist, Playwright in large block lettering but this artist is much more than that.  Ground-breaking doesn’t do her work justice either.  Her spoken word album Everybody Down (Big Dada) was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize and she was shortlisted last year with Let Them Eat Chaos.  She has been the recipient of the Ted Hughes award.  Her work is bold, challenging and exhilarating.

And very much associated with the poet herself.  In the many available videos on YouTube, her East London accent is an integral factor in the music of the works.  But WASTED is her first play, it’s from 2013.  Has it travelled well and will it translate?

Yep.  WASTED as presented by The King’s Collective is bold, challenging and exhilarating.  I do have one gripe but more of that later. Continue reading WASTED: KATE TEMPEST’S WORK DELIVERED WITH EXCELLENCE

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