All posts by Jasmin Rothfield

Jasmin Rothfield has been a freelance journalist for many years and is interested in theatre, dance, music and films. She has previously worked in magazine publishing and currently is a primary school teacher.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE : WYONG DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS AN AGATHIE CHRISTIE CLASSIC

 

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie has been brought successfully to the stage at The Art House. Christie’s complex and intriguing narrative is directed by Pollyanna Forshaw, the play is about a diverse group of 10 people who are all lured into coming to an island. All the members have committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction or they have escaped justice. The guests are “charged” for their respective crimes and are told  via a message conveyed through a gramophone speaker that they will have to pay for their actions. Nobody can escape from the island due to the distance from land and the turbulent weather.

Christie commented that adapting her novel to the stage was challenging and decided to change the ending slightly in 1943 as she felt it might be too bleak for wartime audiences. Suspense plays an important role in making this play so intriguing and 10 miniature Indian figurines are a clear representation of it. Every time someone dies, one figurine out of the original 10 disappears off the mantlepiece. This creates an atmosphere of suspense for both the audience and the interaction between the characters in the story. Continue reading AND THEN THERE WERE NONE : WYONG DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS AN AGATHIE CHRISTIE CLASSIC

WYONG DRAMA GROUP BRINGS ‘THE VICAR OF DIBLEY’ TO THE ART HOUSE

THE VICAR OF DIBLEY has been brought to the stage at The Art House, by two young talented directors – Alexandra Travers and Maddy Parker. While closely following the original script for the television series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew, this stage adaptation by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter, deftly breathe new life into some of our favourite characters from the show.

Jillian Logan playing the leading role of Geraldine Granger is terrific and even recreates the small nuances that Dawn French brought to the role. Her comedic timing is perfection and she displays genuine warmth towards the other characters as the new female vicar in town.

David Horton as  Greg Buist gives a good performance but is perhaps a little flat at times in his portrayal of such a dynamic, nasty character. To be fair, this is not an easy part to recreate.
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Le Noir @ The Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star

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A stunning feast for the senses, LE NOIR – THE DARK SIDE OF CIRQUE is  a distinctive and dynamic theatrical experience. It comes to Australia following a world tour and is performed on a custom-built stage, allowing a spectacular 360-degree view of the performance. It could be called Cirque du Soleil “after dark”, an intimate adult encounter with the magical world of Cirque.

The circus features 20 talented performers, including world-class acrobats, specialty acts and comedians captivating the audience as on a spellbinding journey of three acts – white, red and black. This production is seductive and at times risqué as it explores emotions through colours as the cast shift from delicate and pure white, through to the passion of red and finally closing with the darkness of  LE NOIR.

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