All posts by Lynn Belvedere

Once we were old enough, my parents took the whole family to the Sydney CBD cinemas every week. Thus began a lifetime interest, in going to the cinema every week, and became a passionate cinephile by watching all those very heavily edited ''Australian Film Censorship Board'' true cinéaste versions of brand new release ''Cinematograph Films''. Greater Union always gave my father (who worked in Cinema Distribution Exhibition) guest double movie passes, to every first-night ''red carpet Opening Night'' at The State Theatre Cinema at 49 Market Street. Up until his death, my dad always received ''two house seats'' for every Opening Night performance events at the Theatre Royal SYDNEY and at Her Majesty's Theatre SYDNEY. As a child, when mum choose not to go, I often went with him, to those live performance events. As a young child, I remember being taken for each new show, at both The New Theatre at 60 Sussex Street, and the Phillip Street Theatre when located at 150 Elizabeth Street, and for classical music concerts at Sydney Town Hall.   Being happy is a choice, and I have always viewed my life, as material ready be made into a series of amazing tentpole movies. My New Years Resolution is kept every year: ''Get to see/review five new live theatre shows each week, and get to see/review six new cinema movies each week'', plus is one of the Australian Cinema Pioneers and apparently have seen far too much already, but always wanting to experience more and more each year. I am also able to do almost everything that I enjoy doing. Yes, I do have a great daytime job in I.T. as ''Software Design Project Manager'', PLUS each evening until quite late - playwright, writer, director, producer, arts/drama critic and judge, journalist, member FCCA & member AACTA accredited film reviewer-critic-writer, projectionist, plus an innovative iconoclast . . . LYNN BELVEDERE . . .

TALKING TO TERRORISTS BY ROBIN SOANS @ KING STREET THEATRE

 

British playwright Robin Soan’s play was first performed on 21st April 2005 at the Theatre Royal in Suffolk, England.

It is  a strong and confronting work of verbatim theatre. Every word spoken has come from the mouths of real people, from very different vantage points- terrorist, perpetrator, hostage, victim, politician, journalist, peacemaker. Christians, Sunni and Shia Muslims, IRA, Kurd, NRA, the British Army, Foreign Office, relief-worker, and psychologist.

Nine actors portray some twenty-eight characters. Soans’ play provides eye-opening insights, and is a rewarding exploration of many opposing points of views in the most pressing issue  that the world currently has to deal with. Continue reading TALKING TO TERRORISTS BY ROBIN SOANS @ KING STREET THEATRE

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SWEENEY TODD’ @ THE STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

This was a hugely entertaining musical that enthrals the audience with its depravity, its fabulous lyrics together and the brilliant performances by all the leads and the large ensemble.

This dark story of hatred, is a unique musical and a revenge thriller, with multiple murders delivering so much blood and gore from each throat slitting.  The musicals’ dark themes include a young woman being raped, and a mother and daughter being wrongfully committed to an institution. Just what you expect from the City Of London in that era?!

Benjamin Barker was a barber in 19th-century London, an expert with the cut-throat razor, and was transported to an Australian penal colony by Judge Turpin.  Fifteen years later, and now named Sweeney Todd (Paul Nicholson), Barker moves into his old shop above the pie shop owned by Mrs. Lovett  (Miriam Rihani).

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WILLY RUSSELL’S CLASSIC ‘EDUCATING RITA’ SPARKLES @ THE DEPOT

 

Frank Bryant (David Jeffrey) has become a tutor, for an Open University English Literature course, entirely just for the money. He is an older middle-class professor, a career academic, and a high-functioning alcoholic, who had ambitions to be a great poet and is bored with his University job of teaching undergraduate English Literature. His first student Rita White (Emily McGowan) struts into his book-filled office.

Rita is an unhappy married hairdresser, down-to-earth and excessively talkative but often rambling, and now aged 26 years, she needs freedom and is driven to dedicate herself to receiving all of the education, that she failed to receive in school.

Rita brings all of her under-educated blunt honesty, to loudly challenge Frank’s deep intellect and limitless knowledge of literature. Each inspires the other to become more alive, and better live their lives. Socially inept Rita believes that she is trapped by her working class life and her husband, and the theme of identity emerges, because she changed her birth name from Susan to Rita. Rita believes that studying literature for twelve months, will give her the worldly knowledge that she needs to grow as a person.

Playwright Willy Russell has sleekly styled EDUCATING RITA with realistic character-driven dialogue, providing the perfect balance of humour and poignancy. The play is fast paced, dialogue intensive 120 minutes of theatre entertainment, full of purpose, comedy and pathos, as these two people, learn more about each other, the class system, and the many shortcomings of institutionalised education systems.                 Continue reading WILLY RUSSELL’S CLASSIC ‘EDUCATING RITA’ SPARKLES @ THE DEPOT

SEX OBJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SEX OBJECT, Charlie Falkner (Ben), Andrew Hearle (Gustav), Grace Victoria (Kate), Charlotte Devenport (Ron).
SEX OBJECT, Charlie Falkner (Ben), Andrew Hearle (Gustav), Grace Victoria (Kate), Charlotte Devenport (Ron).     

Comedy great, Les Dawson famously said “My wife is a sex object. Every time I ask for sex, she objects.”

SEX OBJECT is an absolute joy, gloriously funny, quite wonderful, and is a highly entertaining brand new Australian comedy. SEX OBJECT is exactly and precisely all about her one reason why their six month fully sexual relationship has now evaporated into “My girlfriend is a sex object. Every time her boyfriend asks her for sex . . . she objects.” Beautifully directed by Michael Abercromby, with an excellent cast of four superb actors, each with perfect comedy timing.       Continue reading SEX OBJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Alan Ayckbourn’s A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is a play within a play, a dark and intricate comedy, concerned with the Pendon’s Amateur Dramatics Society, situated in a smallish British town.

The actors life off stage is filled with  clever political and business intrigue as well as sexual shenanigans and resultant jealousy.

Continue reading A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt @ Depot Theatre Marrickville

 

It was a pleasure to experience this delicious and entertaining new play featuring six well-drawn, strong characters played by a good all-female cast.

Monica Zanetti’s play delivers a touching lesbian romantic comedy, blended with LGBT political history, and is an important message piece about respecting sexual minorities. It also touches on the inaction of police and  their reluctance to investigate LGBT murders.

Ellie’s mother has provided a litany of lies to protect Ellie from the whole truth about her lesbian Aunt Amber’s sudden death.  Ellie, the goody goody School Captain has fallen in love with Abbie a girl from her history class. Ellie, in fact, is getting the ‘ghostly’ counsel of her deceased Aunt to navigate the intricacies of her first lesbian affair. Continue reading Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt @ Depot Theatre Marrickville

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)

 

 

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)

“The Smurfs” (2011) was the first film in the current franchise, and was quickly followed by the very successful “The Smurfs 2” (2013), and both were hybrids skillfully combining a live-action universe with a digitally animated CGI characters.

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is the latest film in the smurfs franchise, this time is fully digitally animated, and presents a brand new take on the Smurfs, and as experienced at the media screening, yet again SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is a huge hit with very young children and their parents, with magnificent voice talents attached to the cast, and this is a very child-friendly kids fantasy movie for three-to-nine-year-olds.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST @ ZENITH THEATRE Chatswood

 

 

Gwendolyn Fairfax:- “I always take my diary with me when I go on trains. I need something sensational to read”.

OUTATOWNTHEATRE presents its first production at Chatswood. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is the three act version of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 masterful comedy of British Society and its manners, and is set in 1895 with excellent attention to detail on every costume. Oscar Wilde’s rapid fire entertainment is expertly directed by Allan Walpole.

“The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, was first performed on Thursday 14th February 1895, at the St. James’s Theatre in London. The comedy plot concerns Mistaken Identity, Love Triangles, Etiquette, and a somewhat large black leather hand-bag (however this version has a carpet-baggers hand-bag).

Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST @ ZENITH THEATRE Chatswood

WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND


WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

WICKED is a musical prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. The clever storyline covers the years before Dorothy’s arrival in the wonderful Land Of Oz. We experience the unlikely but profound friendship, and the extraordinary adventures of a quite misunderstood green girl named Elphaba (Emma Taviani), and the blonde and very popular Galinda/Glinda (Misha Williamson).

We follow their fateful journey, that leads them to both fulfill their destinies, one to become the “Wicked Witch of the West” and the other will become “Glinda The Good Witch”.

The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical continues as an extended flashback of the lives of these two women, from the moment they first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University.

Continue reading WICKED presented by MIRANDA MUSICAL SOCIETY @ SUTHERLAND

GRAND FINAL WEEKEND FOR SHORT AND SWEET FESTIVAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

After more than two months of heats 120 Short and Sweet plays and over 700 actors, writers and directors, this ingenious and very short play festival, is coming to an end. The winning plays are in competition at the Depot Theatre  this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The  winners in the various categories will be announced at the end of Saturday night’s performance.

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STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney
STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS in Sydney

“Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.” – Constantin Stanislavski.   

Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood, California. The school offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television.

The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Ms Adler’s personal work with Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting.
With a lifetime of experience, the Stellar Adler acting technique, has been studied by Hollywood stars like Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo.

Short and Sweet Sydney offered two exclusive Stella Adler Master Classes to festival-goers.                            Continue reading STELLAR ADLER MASTERCLASS IN SYDNEY FOR THE FIRST TIME

SHORT+SWEET PEOPLES CHOICE FINAL 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Eight plays were selected by audiences, during the eight weeks of Top80 S+S heats.

Every week Short and  Short audiences voted for just one play to make the People’s Choice Final held this weekend, both on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The play voted winner of the People’s Choice finals gets to compete in the Short and Sweet Grand Final next weekend.

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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

During the eight weeks of S+S heats, Festival Director Wayne Tunks has picked one S+S play each week which displayed excellence in writing, directing, acting and team work.

This week those eight S+S plays now have their own final, on Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10 at 7.30pm

This is a fierce competition, because one play, will be chosen to go to the S+S Gala Final the following week.

Beard (Week 1)

ITC presented by Viridescent

Written by Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter / Directed by Lawrence Dooley

Cast: Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter

Beard
Beard

Praying the gay away. The need to pretend to be, what parents incorrectly want. Both ignoring aversion therapy, boy meets girl, and the girl offers to be his beard, to misleadingly prove that the weeks of treatment actually works.

T3 Trojan (Week 2)

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

T3 Trojan
T3 Trojan

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind. Blindfolded and kept in an execution cell, and a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. The twist ending was inspired, and brilliantly original.                Continue reading FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Curated by Festival Director Wayne Tunks, this was presented as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 and the Sydney Mardi Gras 2017.

The plays featured in this brief season taking place on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 pm, featured the very best QUEER LGBTQI plays from the Short+Sweet 2017 Season.

(1) – Dress Ups

ITC presented by Grinning Shark Productions

Written and Directed by Graham Yates

Dress Ups
Dress Ups

Drama unfolds, with the games people play with their lives, piece by piece, as the mask gradually fades away, the world of terror within is revealed. Superb and compelling performance by Garreth Cruikshank.

(2) – Queerachy

Written by Zoe Brinnard / Directed by Megan Shooter

Cast: Rebecca Abdel-Messih, Alana Birtles, Wayne Dawson and Zed Norrie

Queerachy
Queerachy

Message comedy at the disco, out for a night of fun, two lesbians and two gays. Every day is S.S.D.D. and important to remember that we are all people. Discrimination males against females, taking exception to the disc-jockey at the venue not being male. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET QUEER LGBTQI 2017 WEEK NINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

This is the final week of Top80 S+S heats. Festival Director Wayne Tunks has made good use of the wall of props on display each week, and finally someone found a magnificent use for the shovel. Selected superb theatre pieces, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays out of the twelve plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with rap chess prequel, drama, comedy, time travel, true love, chance love, and a resonating vibrator challenge.

Week Eight Plays: March 1-5 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

(1) – The Bridge

ITC Presented by Mega Theatre Productions

Written by Jayaprakash Kulur / Directed by Sreejith Gangadharan

Cast: Sreejith Gangadharan, Nithin Balakrishnan

The Bridge
The Bridge

A guard enforces NO fishing on bridge. Drama entirely spoken in unintelligible gibberish (spoken in a meaningless nonsense language that no one understands) eventually the fisher-person teaches the guard how to fish.

(2) – Judgement Days

ITC Presented by Mockingbird

Written by Carl J Sorheim / Directed by Chris Baldock

Judgement Days
Judgement Days

Short story comedy monologue, starring Nick Steain. Audience participation and comedy one-liners, as cocaine driven humour becomes drama, along his journey of discovery towards his redemption. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK EIGHT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SEVEN @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Festival Director Wayne Tunks has selected superb theatre pieces, from the best of the best scripts on offer. Recommended, with amazing and well chosen plays on the stage, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays. Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with twelve brand new short plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with drama, satire, comedy. time travel, time police, office politics, revenge murder, dementia, George Brandis, afterlife, anniversaries versus aliens, and a resonating vodka experience.

(1) – The Lifecycle of Refrigerators

Written by Nataliya Oryshchuk / Directed by Adam Grubner

Cast: Graham Egan, Luke Evans, Rizcel Gagawanan, David Luke and Sonja Ridden

The Lifecycle of Refridgerators
The Lifecycle of Refridgerators

Over-the-top administration team meeting, dealing with the loneliness of refrigerators provided comedy moments, and included ironic team discussions about community gardens growing food for the homeless, stress relief by using adult colouring books, and befriending dangerous strangers, i.e. the homeless.

(2) – Ten Minutes on a Train Platform

ITC Presented by Mariposa Productions

Written by Felix Carlyle / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald

Ten Minutes on a Train platform
Ten Minutes on a Train platform

Christine Aldridge (Fiona) begins to fear for her life, as ADHD hyper-talkative Isaac Owen (Gerald) menacingly steals her iPhone, with more twists to follow. Perfect cast with beautifully written drama, concerns female personal safety issues not being provided late at night, by video security surveillance. Intense drama between two strangers, unfolds on the platform at Lines End Railway Station.

(3) – Island Journey

ITC Presented by Rainbow Connections Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Uma Kali Shakti

Cast: Veena Sudarshan

Island Journey
Island Journey

Cultural expectations with inherent limitations, preventing life-affirming growth. Intensive one woman monologue, on the path to closure, takes a trajectory through grief and loss, against the background of a fixed belief system.

(4) – A Bottle of Vodka

Written by Connie Schinewolf

A bottle of Vodka
A bottle of Vodka

Alcoholics, Liz Hovey (Judy) and Mark Fowler (Will) are two very-drunk drivers who just arrived in hell, because their cars have just crashed by colliding head-on, on Parramatta Road. Comedy one-liners, generated laughter galore. Perfect cast, delicious dialogue to make you “laugh out loud”, and expertly directed Larry Kelly. An unopened bottle of Grey Goose Vodka tempts both, but painful force-field barrier prevents access. Alcohol withdrawal creates dialogue, as these strangers by spending some time together, discover their similarities, leading to a hellish conclusion.

(5) – The Search

Written by Michael Panes / Directed by Isabel Dickson

The Search
The Search

One year marriage anniversary, of course her scientist husband, Adnan Zey (Gerry) has forgotten, thus making her even more unhappy with her alien finding husband. As a devout catholic Emily Potts (Sandra), can not divorce him. So much comedy, so little time. Alien analogue broadcast transmissions received from 6EQJ5 by SETI, create the comedy path to ruin and divorce.

(6) – Mary Twist

Written and Directed by Mikayla Hatjinikitas

Cast: Izzy Hanly, Damian Asher, Mark Herrison, Indiana Rubin-Tasic, Paris Galanos and Russell Kay

Mary Twist
Mary Twist

Fresh clever comedy and suffragette message piece, created by sixteen year old playwright Mikayla Hatjinikitas. Time Travel from the Victorian Era, to the far more welcoming world of 2016. YOLO and SWAG confirm the destination year. Inventor’s daughter uses her father’s Time Travel Machine, to escape from the tyranny of being only permitted to cook, to clean and to constantly birth babies every nine months.

(7) – At Home With Larry & George

Written by Gavin Roach / Directed by Amber Wilcox

At home with Larry and George
At home with Larry and George

Edgy adult themes, throughout this stunningly extreme lifestyle comedy. So is this Art or Design? Graphic Adult B&D fetish comedy. Reilly Johnson (Larry the Gimp) is the submissive male, living in a dog-house, with Garreth Cruikshank (George) his master, who is forever on the “endless quest for excellence”. As the politician in charge of choosing recipients of Arts Council grants, to create his “Center of Excellence”, this politician is going to personally use all the money intended for the arts community.

(8) – The Accident

ITC Presented by Marko Mustac Productions

Written By Marko Mustac / Directed by Jenny Hope

Cast: Marko Mustac and Lou Pollard

The Accident
The Accident

The strong coarse language content of this play, is completely inappropriate for all children. There are so many Bad and Disrespectful witty one-liners, however my favourite line is when the husband says to his wife “I don’t hate women you c*nt”. Offensive Explicit Language is used creatively and effectively, to metamorphosize this dialogue intensive drama, into a black ironic comedy masterpiece. Dysfunctional couple in a long-term relationship are both cheating on their marriage partner, however their love for each other is a brightly burning fire, that burns down everything that it sees, and are a car crash away from dying. Perfectly cast couple, have so many memorable twisted lines of biting dialogue, this elegantly constructed play delivers outstanding artistry.

(9) – Time Squad

ITC Presented by Black Box Theatre Co.

Written by Alexander Cuff

Cast: Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell

Time Squad
Time Squad

Riotous fun as two Time Travelling Police Agents, constantly provide comedy “time one-liners” as they meet and greet with their criminal future versions of themselves. Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling? Luke Berman has expertly directed, nine minutes of never ending audience laughter, arriving from an eager and ultra appreciative audience, that clearly placed this comedy, well ahead of the pack for audiences voting for comedies.

(10) – Wheelchair

Written by Scott Mullen / Directed by Diane Busuttil

Cast: Paul Kohn and Latisha Owens

Wheelchair
Wheelchair

Strangers in a park. Disabled woman in a wheelchair, meets man in park, and they begin making insane bets about the future behaviour of other people in the park. Interesting comedy becomes very dark drama, with unexpected conclusion, expertly delivered.

(11) – Not Toilet Trained

ITC Presented by Seat of the Pants Productions

Written and Directed by Ruth Fringret

Not Toilet Trained
Not Toilet Trained

Superb cast choices selected by director Ruth Fringret. Delicious dementia comedy, quickly builds effective back stories into each character, via music lyrics used as dialogue. The undeserving absent son Greg, returns home to visit his quite elderly parents. Sandra Campbell (Mum) urgently needs help managing her husband, Valentino Arico (Dad) however their ungrateful son Lewis Scamozzi (Greg) and is not accepting of any of the challenges, of the dementia related life lessons, now unfolding.

(12) – Mexican Stand Off

Written by Sally Bartley / Directed by Spike Hogan

Cast: Tristan Clarke, Isabel Dickson, Peter Maple and Jaime Ureta

Mexican Stand Off
Mexican Stand Off

“Democracy when solely determined by a slim majority, is usually nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people have voted to steal away all of the rights of the other 49%”. Message piece, dialogue driven comedy with drama at a Wanderers soccer match. Class warfare from the have-nots (Chas and Gaz) against the haves (Gerry and Marlin). The paradigm, that rules must be broken, that deviant behaviour is expected, and that mob rule involving both violence and intimidation, is always the behaviour expected at soccer.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

Week Seven Plays: February 22-26 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30 pm)

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
Facebook:   https: //facebook.com/shortsweetsydney
Twitter:   @ShortSweetFest
Instagram:   @shortsweetfest

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK SIX @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Live theatre is the best medicine, and Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with eight brand new plays this week, interesting and moving and resonating. Well chosen selection of emotional and thought provoking themes with chess, drama, satire, comedy and dance. Quite impossible to pick just the one winner.

(1) – Broadband Blues

Written and Directed by Geoff McCubbin

Cast: David Humphrey, Fran Bosly-Craft, Mark Smith, Anton Baggerman

Broadband Blues
Broadband Blues

Each NBN company provides rhyming verse constant comedy delight, as both Wilma and Fred try to get each NBN company to actually provide a human being to answer the telephone. You would have to be absolutely crazy to sign up with the NBN. Of course there is no support, and there never is any offer of competitive pricing, because every company that is not Telstra, offer the exact same price, for the exact same deal.

(2) – Compos Mentis

Written by Marilyn Millstone / Directed by Patrick Matijevic

Cast: Aileen Beale, Graham Egan and Denise Kitching

Compos Mentis
Compos Mentis

We visit Silver Glades Senior Living, nine minutes of excellent comedy ensues, full of guile, as both Robert and Alese deliberately fail the induction interview.

(3) – The Last

Written by Bokkie Robertson / Directed by Chantelle Corbet

Cast: Alex Hatz and Milica Pajic

The Last
The Last

Nuclear winter following nuclear war, drama as there is now only one human being still alive on Planet Earth, and he enters into a lively conversation and emotional reflection, with the soon to be unemployed “Grim Reaper”.

(4) – Out of the Woods

ITC Presented by Everyday Monster

Starring / Written / Directed by Brenton Amies and Cam Ralph

Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

Incredible dark comedy, of two former Children’s Television Hosts who were “Hooly Dooly”, now meet to resolve their past issues. However one actor has unresolved anger management issues, and is still costumed and still speaking as “The Fluffy Bear” and many other bizarre issues urgently need to be addressed.

(5) – Freestyle Pawn Stars

ITC Presented by e4 Productions

Written by Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson and Ziggy Tockuss / Directed by Dudley Levell

Cast: Keegan Fisher, Jake Izzy, Julz Larson, Ziggy Tockuss and Mark Longhurst

Freestyle Pawn Stars
Freestyle Pawn Stars

Audience participation, the play was an impressive chess game with completely improvised and clever hip hop rap infused dialogue. Every night the brave cast risks all, by randomly trying to find someone from the audience who admits to playing the game of chess. Opening Night volunteer Karl was given black, and chose each of his moves quite badly, to quickly find himself on the losing side in a very fast checkmate, via witty rhythm, rhyme, riffs and freestyle rap. Heaps of applause, a fresh delight that was interesting and precocious, and resonated with the audience.

(6) – My Name is Lucinda

ITC Presented by Backstage Pass

Written and Directed by Lisa Kelaher

My Name is Lucinda
My Name is Lucinda

Margareta Moir stars as Catherine, telling a perfectly structured, short story monologue all about her life. As a child the simplicity of Catherine the introvert, enjoying all those John Wayne westerns of daytime television, and she decides her life is so much better as the driven “Wild West” extrovert Lucinda. Delivered everything a play should be, Margareta Moir did a beautiful job of providing the wonderful duality of the role, in a superb and winning performance on Opening Night.

(7) – Killjoy

ITC Presented by Imprint Theatre Company (Company Devised Script)

Cast: Wendi Lanham, Laurence Nelmes, Martin Quinn, Rebecca Waters, Kate Vozella and Annie Thorold

Killjoy
Killjoy

Three couples suffering in style through their pain, and these six actors give their all on the boards, with no safety net to save them, and strongly deliver a talented volatile fight for their vision, with stage art versus stage business. Music, physicality, silence, mime, dialogue, with choreographed dance and movement, the cast provide extraordinary power and strength in their performance. As with all theatre art, because we all have non-identical life experiences, what you see is always subject to differing interpretations, hence the exact same play, could also be experienced as just two people with relationship pain, represented by all six actors.

(8) – Ice Cream Mafia

Written by Vee Malnar / Directed by Thomas Richards

Cast: Jay Duncan, Erick Guanlao, Jasper Musgrave and Meili Bookluck

Ice Cream Mafia
Ice Cream Mafia

Comedy erupts when the local mafia, decide to take over a sensational ice-cream brand, that has been destroying their ice-cream business.

Week Six Plays: February 15-19 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)

All photos by Robert Miniter.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top80 Week SIX, runs from Wednesday 15th February 2017 to Sunday 19th February 2017.

The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

Website:   : http://www.shortandsweet.org/festivals/shortsweet-sydney-0
Facebook:   https: //facebook.com/shortsweetsydney
Twitter:   @ShortSweetFest
Instagram:   @shortsweetfest

 

 

 

 

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK FIVE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, and this new week offers another quite entertaining evening of live theatre. Festival director Wayne Tunks has chosen ten plays for this week, a fine selection of both comedy and drama. It is quite impossible to pick just the one winner, and this week also includes the unique experience of seven wonderful drama delights.

(1) – Objectum Sexuality

Objectum Sexuality
Objectum Sexuality

Written by Ron Burch / Directed by Kathryn Thomas

Cast: Bryce Lavery-Jacko and Wayne Buckley

Couples Therapy comedy, because Mike is deeply in love with Rocky (a wooden rocking chair), but Mike has cheated.

(2) – Det-end-tion

Det-end-tion
Det-end-tion

ITC Presented By Moontan Productions

Written by Amelia Gilday and Alex Fenner / Directed by Amelia Gilday

Cast: Riley Marnell and Daniel Pryke

Very dramatic message piece, as an earthquake causes exploration of the bully/victim relationship of two young men.

(3) – #NotAllMen

#NotAllMen
#NotAllMen

ITC Presented By Village Spirit Productions

Written & Directed by Kel Vane

Cast: Michelle Burge, Margareta Moir and James Walkom

Strange Police procedural drama, police interrogation room delivers rough justice. Just the quirky unrealistic “Police Facts” via analysing all the lies “he says versus she says”. Discover the alleged victim versus the alleged perpetrator. Is she is going to miss out on the tax free $15000.00 NSW victim of crime payout?

(4) – The Wee Small Hours

The Wee Small Hours
The Wee Small Hours

ITC Presented By Angelfish Productions

Written by Leonie Jordan / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald  / Music by Daniel O’Connor

Cast: Pauline Gardner & Rob White

Drama full of grief, regret and revenge. He has re-married, but has taken this 3am telephone call from his ex, on the anniversary of the death of their young daughter.

(5) – Not So Super

Not So Super
Not So Super

ITC Presented By Musketeer Productions

Written & Directed by Paulene Turner

Cast: Paul Byrne, Nicholas Drummond, Liz Hovey and Rebecca Towns

Comedy version of “The Incredibles” versus the Evil Pulse and starring the crazy super family with Flame, Fast, Mind Reader, Time Keeper.

(6) – Yellow Means Caution

Yellow Means Caution
Yellow Means Caution

Written by Gregory Crafts / Directed by Victoria Lewis

Cast: Emma Mylott & Andrew Wang

Message drama with comedy one-liners, as video game widow Loretta, in relationship crisis needs to find happiness within her rotten marriage with video gamer Max. She has happy painted every wall of every room, using bright bold “Yellow Submarine” coloured paint.

(7) – Love, Honour & Obey

Love, Honour, Obey
Love, Honour, Obey

Written by Sally Williams / Directed by Angeline Andrews

Cast: Kirra Farquharson and Will Reilly

Wife insists that her husband obeys her written instructions (including footnotes) detailing how her husband can get way with murdering her in cold blood, but he desperately needs her to stop interrupting him.

(8) – A Dog’s Dream

A Dog's Dream
A Dog’s Dream

Written by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith / Directed by Jace Pickard

Cast: Jack Dawson & Richard Lund

Message piece, yes interesting drama, that will take you on an unexpected trajectory. For Mark his dog’s dreams are real. Recently deceased Mark tells his partner Andy, that the family dog needs to be taken to the local park to grieve about Mark.

(9) – The Secret of Me

The Secret of Me
The Secret of Me

ITC Presented By Almost Evkav

Written by Sonal Moore / Directed by Evangeline Moore

Cast: Jack Marsden & Alexandra Joyce

Photographic art trends keep changing, and during Queen Victoria’s time, young children being captured in photos completely naked was a symbol of purity and not of sexuality. Strong believable performances, utterly intense dialogue, set in an photographic art gallery storeroom. Unexpectedly Ruth sees an extremely confronting paedophile photo of herself on exhibition, that unknowingly her Uncle Leo had taken of her, over twenty years ago. Dramatically ends with an unexpected resolution of her dilemma.

(10) – Waiting To Go

Waiting for Go
Waiting for Go

Written by Elspeth Tilley / Directed by Kym Vaitiekus

Cast: Barbara Hastings, Seb Normel

Clever comedy stereotyping, as these two dancing lollypop-sign-controller road-workers, from just outside your front gate, provide detailed political insanity, whilst doing a famous slapstick routine clearly inspired by the movie film “The Plank”.

All photos by Robert Miniter.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week FIVE, runs from Wednesday 8th February 2017 to Sunday 12th February 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.

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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK FOUR @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

There are nine simply superb plays being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet. Captivating, strange, unique, and laugh-out-loud entertainment galore, and one with live music.

(1) – Wish You Were Hair

ITC Presented by RAPA Inc

Written by Kaz Getts / Directed by Kaz Getts and Warren Bradley

Cast – Warren Bradley, Christine Engelheart

Wish you were here
Wish you were here

Comedy all about HAIR from first pubes, cut hair, shaving, nair, long hair wig, chemo. Warren Bradley and Christine Engelheart are endearing with their multiple characters through time, constant flow of costume changes, covering from teenagers to seniors.

(2) – Diary of a Breakup / Breakdown

ITC Presented by Alex Broun Company

Written By Alex Broun / Directed by Peter Whitehead

Cast – Claire Bird, Michael Booker.

Diary of a Breakup
Diary of a Breakup

Alex Broun, is one of the world’s leading ten-minute playwrights, and has written more than one hundred ten minute plays : http://www.alexbroun.com/  Dialogue intense dramatic delight, as Claire Bird and Michael Booker individually deconstruct each and every intense moment, day by day during the thirty days immediately after their relationship ended.

(3) – Brexit

ITC Presented by Budding Theatre Company

Written and directed by Kirsty Budding

Cast:  Kaivu Suvarna, Amelia Green, Michael Ubrihien and Rina Onorato

Brexit
Brexit

Excellent comedy message piece set on Thursday 23rd June, the voting day for the EU Referendum, four Brits at a bus stop agree to disagree on the vote discussing Cultural Imperialism and stereotyping, all lead along to the very unexpected twist.

(4) – The Story of Darling Brown

ITC Presented by The Monologue Project

Written and Directed by Pete Malicki

Cast – Katharine Babatzanis

The Story of Darling Brown
The Story of Darling Brown

Comedy monologue as Katharine Babatzanis plays Darling Brown. Discusses her identical twin sister Jesse, berates her parents (Claire and John) for their calling their first born twin “Darling”.  Darling pretending to be Jesse, ends up enjoying being completely different to her identical twin, all caused by her hating the name her parents assigned her at birth.

(5) – Tapping Out

Written by Maura Pierlot / Directed by Cecile Payet

Cast:  Kaiya Bartholomew, Brayden Harry, Ethan Mestroni and Anton Smilek

Tapping Out
Tapping Out

Winning dialogue drama and timpani musical piece, with the drummers’s tap tap tap of musical syncopation on assorted musical instruments in the percussion family. Private language created in tap, introvert versus extrovert, a war between Wes with Jay, then Jay with Declan. Wes is trapped in his mind palace, by reliving all the complex events that occurred twelve months ago.

(6) – Hidden Depths

Written by Pamela Western / Directed by Mark Fowler

Cast:  Christine Aldridge and James Sugrue

Hidden Depths
Hidden Depths

A beautifully costumed Pirate (Roger), arrives for his first job interview at the the Tax Office. Perfectly timed comedy with perfect cast, expertly directed, was a huge audience favourite on the Opening Night. Reliving the glory days of buccaneers and flogging, apparently this modern day pirate is a computer hacker. Perfectly chosen music with nautical sound effects, end the performance.

(7) – Still Alive

ITC Presented by Nautanki Theatre

Written and Directed by Dilbagh Singh

Cast:  Dilroop Khangura, Shanelle Sin and Dilbagh Singh

Still Alive
Still Alive

Tulip is the delusional girl, trapped in the hot hell of her one room limbo. The devil is dressed as a doctor. Dressed in white as a nurse, is the angel. This fine drama, is subject to many possible interpretations.

(8) – Arthur and Marilyn

ITC Presented by Half Boy Company

Written By Jasper-Lee Lindsay / Directed by Danen Young

Cast:  Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert

Arthur and Marilyn
Arthur and Marilyn

Delicious fictionalised dialogue, as we learn exactly how Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller met. All that they talked about, with a smoky haze caused by the cast constantly smoking a seemingly infinite amount of herbal cigarettes.

(9) – One Night Stan

ITC Presented by Third Bite

Written by Adam Szudrich / Directed by Grant Wilson

Cast:  Gina Cohen, Ally O’Brien and Emma Caldwell

One Night Stan
One Night Stan

Back into the dating game, and always at the same restaurant, Stan is dating these three women, Rachel, Holly and Marie. Comedy dialogue flows as each woman has vastly different dating experiences with the same man. Delightful and well worthy of getting a standing ovation, and of course easily garnered the longest applause from the Opening Night audience.

SHORT AND SWEET THEATRE 2017 Top 80 Week Four is playing the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free parking, until Sunday 5th February 2017.

Featured photo from Hidden Depths. All photos by Robert Miniter. 

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SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK THREE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

Every week of the Festival which runs from January to March, Short and Sweet features brilliant new plays with the very best  returning to compete in March in the Gala Finals.

This very successful and now international ten minute play Festival is now in its sixteenth  year.

Festival Director Wayne Tunks chose just nine plays to be included in Week 3 with every play being very good in its own way. It was a treat to have four wonderful comic delights included in this selection. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK THREE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

KOALA JOE – THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ KING STREET THEATRE NEWTOWN

Playwright/Director Markus Weber and Composer Michael Summ, have created KOALA JOE, a new musical journey driven by the spirit of The Dreamtime.

Joe, a homesick Australian boy, lives in a boarding school located above the snowline in Austria, and he is training to be a downhill skier.

Whilst asleep, a mysterious messenger from The Dreamtime visits Joe,  “I am Yalunda – daughter of the Great Mother Eingana, who once created everything. I am the water, the rocks, and the trees. I am a bird, a koala, a kangaroo and an emu too. I am the ancient bow, Toon and the Boomerang. I am Yalunda your sister and Yoola your brother too.” Continue reading KOALA JOE – THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ KING STREET THEATRE NEWTOWN

SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

Short and Sweet Theatre Sydney is the largest festival of ten minute plays in the world. Now in its 16th year, the festival takes place over a period of three months starting in January each year. Around 160 brand new scripts by Australian and international writers, will be performed during the festival. Spoilt for choice, with nine brand new plays this week:-

1 – T3 Trojan

ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.

Written and Directed by Judith Duncan

Cast: Karishma Mathur

Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind, a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. Continue reading SHORT+ SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK TWO @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

SYDNEY FESTIVAL and RIVERSIDE THEATRES present ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’

 

KALEIDOSCOPE is fast paced,  high-energy exuberant school holiday entertainment, a multi-faceted circus experience, just perfect for a pre-teen audience.

With her young son Ethan Inspiring the creation of this work on stage, Ethan’s mother wrote a book that described stepping into her son’s  world as like, “the joy of walking through shafts of colour and light; like seeing through a dazzling kaleidoscope”.

When four years of age, Ethan Hugh was diagnosed with “Asperger Syndrome”. He is now twelve years old, and he has learned to understand the incredible beauty of his world discovered through touch. With this show you too can view how to enjoy living life through young Ethan’s eyes.

The show features five speech-free silent circus performers on stage with Ethan, with pre-recorded musical accompaniment and with some voice-overs from Ethan.

The five circus performers and Ethan, are seen slowly awakening from sleep on a huge video wall, then they perform tumbling mimed slapstick acrobatics as they start their day and then go to perform somersaults, flips, back-flips, back-bends, bridges, kick-overs, handstands, front-handsprings, back-handsprings, side aerial cartwheels, turning-cartwheels, in short all manner of acrobatics as they each change out of their pajamas and into their street wear.

Two pole-dancing risk-taking gymnasts, climbed the pole all the way to the ceiling, and then spun and dropped down at high speed.

Attached to the rigging, suspended from the ceiling, was a single tab aerial hoop-ring without a hand-loop. The hoop-ring aerialist was lifted by her troupe up to the hoop-ring, and then she delivered an awe-inspiring performance, with elegance strength and power, as she looped climbed spun, creating a clever aerial dance movement experience that regularly gained oohs and aahs from the audience.

A surprising pillow fight, lead to thousands of feathers flying everywhere which was delightfully followed by loud screaming from the boisterous young audience.

Whilst the silk aerialist is seated and playing music on a toy piano, Ethan decides to paint her feet red, and her arms yellow and orange. She then climbs the two white silks to perform aerial acrobatics, and while hanging from the fabric, wraps, drops, rolls, spins, climbs, all of which turned the white silks into a fantasy matrix of superb dazzling colours that was yet another great audience pleaser.

The shown ran for 50 minutes without interval.

Highly recommended, KALEIDOSCOPE plays the Lennox Theatre at Parramatta Riverside Theatres until the 18th January 2017.   The theatre is located on the corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW.

Remaining performances :-

Tuesday 17 January at 3.30pm
Wednesday 18 January at 6.15pm

https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/kaleidoscope/

 

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK ONE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

 

The biggest little play festival in the world. 2017 and this is the sixteenth year of SHORT+SWEET THEATRE SYDNEY, running Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11th January 2017 to 18th March 2017.

In March 2017 the best of the best are returning for the Special Event Shows, and the long awaited 2017 Gala Final performances on 16 17 18 March 2017.

Short and Sweet Festival Director, Wayne Tunks, has selected an excellent first week of thought provoking plays, and very easy to recommend, with nine brand new plays, all well worth experiencing:-

SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 – WEEK ONE

1 – Heat Visions
Written and Directed by Nick Subjak
Cast: Alice Furze
Superb comedy monologue in one voice, was an absolutely huge audience pleaser. Bright red full-body sunburn hurts, and the simple task of eating a bowl of cereal, collapses into trying to move close enough to try to open the cereal container. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET 2017 TOP 80 : WEEK ONE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE

BALABALA @ CARRIAGEWORKS – PART OF SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017

This was the world premiere of BALABALA, the Indonesian sister work to CRY JAILOLO. Dressed in black, and part of a remote community in Eastern Indonesia, five young female dancers, during three minutes of complete silence, one by one slowly appeared on stage with all movements done in extreme slow motion. Choreography choices were based on Indonesian martial arts, all founded on the “Pencak Silat” philosophy of the nine directions.    

To follow, for each of the many set-pieces, each time presented extremely minimised, stylised rhythmic movement patterns, in 2/4 time or 3/4 time or 4/4 time, with pre-recorded musical accompaniment, with one voice or multiple voices delivering “A cappella music” by singing without instrumental accompaniment. However some later set-pieces also added a loop of electronica or electric bass or bass drums or temple bells or a stringed musical instrument.    Continue reading BALABALA @ CARRIAGEWORKS – PART OF SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2017