Lyrical and powerful this play is a fascinating insight into a little known piece of British/Australian history.
Seanna van Helton’s FALLEN is a stage adaptation of historian Jenny Hartley’s’ novel, THE HOUSE OF FALLEN WOMEN (2009). Penny Harpham directs this current production which has been co-produced by Sport for Jove and Melbourne’s’ She Said Theatre.
Mad March Hare Theatre’s production at The Old Fitzroy Theatre makes for a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment. Playwright Jonathan Gavin’s script has rich and rapid fire dialogue. The play features seven women and is the story of their friendships.
A MOMENT ON THE LIPS opens with a party where the seven characters display that there is some discord within the group. The drama then backtracks and fills in how the relationships and friendships have ebbed and flowed over the years to reach their current status. The characters reveal themselves in different ways but essentially this was constrained and trivial until an event happened when the veneer of being polite or superficial was dropped and a type of cathartic cleansing takes place.