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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

CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD BY PAUL GILCHRIST @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

Cristina in the Cupboard - photography by Katy Green Loughrey

A spellbinding experiment in comic magic realism by critically acclaimed Australian writer Paul Gilchrist, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD comes to The Depot Theatre in Marrickville for a three week season in July. This story of an unusual retreat, and a remarkable victory plays 8pm Wed to Sat and 5pm Sun, 13 – 30 July 2016. Playful and provocative, CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD tells of one woman’s quest to live life entirely on her own terms.

Everyone needs time out. Not everyone does it like this. Cristina is a contemporary woman. Intelligent. Capable. But she’s not satisfied with what’s on offer. Life seems too small. So she takes the extraordinary step of withdrawing from society. Join Cristina on a breathtaking inner journey as she meets a host of fantastic, hyperbolic characters, navigates illusion, weathers dismay, and discovers wonder.

Paul Gilchrist is a Sydney-based writer and director. His work has been produced locally, interstate and overseas. He is the co-founder of subtlenuance, a company dedicated solely to the production of original Australian work. Originally produced by subtlenuance in 2013, this production is directed by Julie Baz (co-artistic director of The Depot Theatre) and designed by David Jeffrey (also co-artistic director), with assistant director, Lillian Silk and sound designer Thomas Moore. It features a terrific line up of some of Sydney’s indie theatre talent: Nyssa Hamilton, Teale Howie, David Jeffrey, Emily McGowan, Tasha O’Brien, Sarah Plummer, Lucy Quill and Rachael Williams.

The Depot Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre situated within and supported by the historic Addison Road Centre, a thriving inner west hub for culture, arts and the environment visited by over 200,000 people annually. The Depot Theatre challenges and entertains its audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out. Coming up next after CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD in their 2016 Season is the new Australian play, A NEST OF SKUNKS by James Balian & Roger Vickery and presented by Collaborations Theatre Group, followed by BIJOU – A CABARET OF SECRETS and Seduction, written and performed by Chrissie Shaw, presented by Small Shows Productions.

“The Depot Theatre punches well above its weight, presenting well-produced, confidently performed shows that both entertain and inspire.” WEEKEND NOTES

DATES
13-30 July – 8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun

For more about Cristina in the Cupboard by Paul Gilchrist, visit http://thedepottheatre.com/cristina-in-the-cupboard
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Giveaway offer – The Depot Theatre is giving away two double passes to the 8pm Thurs 21 July performance of CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD. Email: –SAG CRISTINA to info@thedepottheatre.com to win.

CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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Cristina has decided upon a self imposed exile, to live in a cupboard incommunicado. She feels that modern life is shallow and inauthentic.

Cristina, excellently played by Emily McGowan, is going to stay in her cupboard and examine her life, her family, her friends and the impact of significant events in her upbringing. Cristina has taken a different approach than Socrates suggested. As Socrates supposedly said at his trial, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He would rather die than live in exile unable to debate and engage with his students and fellow citizens.

Cristina is going to examine her life on her terms and only engage with the world outside her cupboard when she so decides. Continue reading CRISTINA IN THE CUPBOARD @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

PLAYTHING @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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Production photography by Katy Green-Loughrey

It would be absurd to walk into a lounge room you mistook for a toilet and find yourself trapped in a very funny play. It would be a bit like being born and then trying to work out where you are, who you are and if these are your absurd lines or if they have been written by an insecure, egotistical playwright.

The anonymous HE, well played by David Jeffrey, walks into a comfortable middle class lounge room, mistaking it for a toilet, sees the audience and is embarrassed. He attempts to go back out of the room but the door will not open. He unsuccessfully tries the doors on the other two walls which only leaves the invisible fourth wall. After some deliberately predictable miming the fourth wall does turn out to be impenetrable. Continue reading PLAYTHING @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

GHOSTS @ DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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Henrik Ibsen’s intense psychological drama, GHOSTS, was written in 1818 and first staged in Chicago Illinois the following year. Like many of Ibsen’s plays it is a scathing commentary on 19th century morality. Touching on issues such as free love, euthanasia, religious hypocrisy and venereal disease, the drama was reviled and dammed in the press of the time. This production, as translated by William Archer, is the second play to be presented by the recently formed Depot Theatre Company, previously the Sydney Independent Theatre Company.

The setting is the mid twentieth century and under the direction of Julie Baz the play comes to life and remains relevant to today’s audience.

GHOSTS opens with Jacob Engstrand, played with much sleaze and hypocritical virtue by Zac McKay, trying to convince as he tries to convince his purported daughter Regina to come work at the sailor’s establishment he wants to open. Emily McGowan plays Regina, a self-assured flirt at the start of the play, and is too proud of her job as Mrs. Alving’s maid to join her father.

Pastor Manders enters and tries to convince Regina to help her father. From the start David Jeffery brings out the self-righteous and unbending religious fervour and justification of everything the Pastor says and does.

Mrs Helen Alving is a complex character, a mix of a liberated and free thinking mind trapped within the conventions of her time. Julie Baz brings out the tormented nature of Helen’s struggle as she battles the ghosts of her sordid marriage and the consequences of her past decisions.

Helen is not the only victim, as it is soon revealed that her son Oswald, newly returned home after years pursuing a career as an artist in Paris, has terrible secrets of his own.

Steve Vincent as Oswald is very credible as he portrays his character’s gradual deterioration and the nature of his tormented relationship with his mother.

No one in the family is exempt from this growing web of lies and dark secrets.

We learn the truth of Helen’s maid Regina and her relationship with Helen’s late husband and the moral dilemmas that this poses. By the end Regina, as well as all the other characters, have their plans shattered and they are each forced to face the consequences of their past actions.

A plain but effective set by David Jeffery, and an evocative soundscape add to the power of this production as you can feel the audience’s emotions change in sympathy, encouragement or anger as the characters reveal their histories and their true selves.

Julie Baz’s revival of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play GHOSTS is playing at the Depot Theatre, Marrickville until Saturday 24th October. Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm.

CAST: – David Jeffrey- Pastor Manders, Zac McKay – Jacob Engstrand, Emily McGowan- Regina Engstrand, Julie Baz- Mrs Helen Alving, Steve Vincent- Oswald Alving.

CREATIVES:- Julie Baz- Director, David Jeffrey- Designer, Stage Manager- Mehran Mortezaei.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD @ The Depot Theatre MARRICKVILLE

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Admirers of the great Russian playwright, on seeing Julia Baz’s  very impressive production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece THE CHERRY ORCHARD, will appreciate the discerning casting, costumes, and mood enhancing lighting.

Best of all is the clean fresh look of the production, that cleverly takes full advantage of the L-shaped seating layout.

This poignant, classic tragedy is about torment and suffering in a time of change. All the performances are crisp, sharp and coherent. Within the narrative threads there are elements of farce and comedy. Continue reading THE CHERRY ORCHARD @ The Depot Theatre MARRICKVILLE

THE DEPOT THEATRE closes before it opens

The Depot Theatre closes before it opens

It is with deep sadness that we announce that The Depot Theatre is over before it has begun and we are permanently withdrawing from the Sydney independent theatre arena after 20 years. We warmly and sincerely thank our supporters and our audiences, we will miss you very much. We are very proud of what we and our countless collaborators have achieved over the years and we hope our performances have impacted the lives of our audiences in some small way.

So why are we withdrawing? It is not by choice. We had great plans to create a new independent theatre venue, but instead have been forced out by detractors conducting what can only be described as a witch hunt. Continue reading THE DEPOT THEATRE closes before it opens

SITCO to leave Old Fitz

In happier days- Garry Pasfield (middle), the proprietor of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, with Co-Artistic Directors of the Old Fitz theatre, David Jeffrey and Julie Baz. Pic Emily Watson
Happier times- Garry Pasfield (middle), the proprietor of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, with Co-Artistic Directors of the Sydney Independent Theatre Company, David Jeffrey and Julie Baz. Pic Emily Watson

Co-Artistic Directors of the Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO), David Jeffrey and Julie Baz, have announced that they will be ending their residency at the Old Fitzroy Theatre at the end of this year.

On the announcement on their Facebook page they thanked Robert Allan, SITCO’s Artistic Associate for his contributions, along with the many independent theatre practitioners who they have worked in tandem with to program and stage over 30 productions.

Their thanks also extends to the many staff and locals at the Old Fitz who they have been so helpful including Kristine and Mike Ballard, Cherilyn Price, Richard Hilliar, Katy Green Loughrey, Larry Kelly, Dino Dimitriadis and the Arts Platform.

Most importantly, they thank the many theatregoers around Sydney who have come to see one or indeed many of the shows performed at the theatre.

Theatregoers still have the opportunity to visit the venue till the end of the year.

Currently playing is Red Line Productions, in association with Strange Duck Productions’, HOWIE THE ROOKIE by Mark O’Rowe- (review on the site by Richard Cotter). HOWIE THE ROOKIE is followed by Fly on the Wall Theatre’s production of Alex Broun’s NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER and Copanirvana Theatre Co’s V.D. by Pete Malicki.

The final production of the year will be a SITCO production, in association with Talk Faster Productions and Harlos Production’s, Kieran Carroll and Angelika Fremd’s THE LES ROBINSON STORY & BELLE OF THE CROSS.

SITCO is keen to grow on the experience gained at the Old Fitz and is looking in to setting up a new independent theatre venue, something which the Sydney theatre scene could well do with.Here’s hoping!

Thom Pain (Based On Nothing)

David Jeffreys gives a strong performance in Will Eno's poignant play
David Jeffrey gives a strong performance in Will Eno’s poignant play

Make no mistake. Thom Pain is not based on Thomas Paine, the great American political activist, theorist and revolutionary.

Thom Pain is based on nothing. It’s in the title. In parentheses. And besides, Thomas Paine spelt his name with an “e”. Though it was silent.

There’s not much silent about Thom Pain. He’s garrulous, though partial to the pause. For effect.

And very affecting it is.

Thom Pain enters the black box of the space in suit and loosened tie. We can’t see him, but we sense him in the dark. He tries to light a cigarette a couple of times without success. He can’t see the audience, but he senses it.

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