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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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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.

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SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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This delightful black comedy concerns four very different dysfunctional step-sisters who have returned home to mourn their mother’s successful suicide.

Their mother caused these four estranged step-sisters to have quirky and completely different lives, smart females each as different as the cities for which they were named. Life is complicated and having a close-knit family is so important, but they have learnt to disagree about everything, making each woman very memorable, long after the play ends.

Deftly directed with vision nuance and care, director Roz Riley, has applied her unique paradigm to choosing a solid and compelling ensemble cast of five superb actors, each pitch perfect for their role, for this powerful and emotional play. Each sister presents as an authentic articulate individual with fascinating and realistic back-stories. The mother’s personal life choices are nothing short of shocking. Continue reading SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

NEW AUSSIE PLAY @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

 

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This Factory Space Theatre Company production of Australian playwright Brenda Gottsche’s new play ALMOST NEARLY PARADISE was was expertly directed by long time director Roz Riley.

The night sees us take a journey with unexpected witty twists and turns. Much laughter is generated by the quick, wicked and entertaining dialogue with the highlight being some quite delicious one-liners. My favourite line was,  when one character says of another character, ‘he is unattached to the truth’.

The play starts off being about the inaugural meeting of a newly established book club with  four ladies gathered to discuss their first book.

Unexpected events occur as the first meeting starts with a raging storm with gale force winds taking place outside. The setting is a mythical island paradise on beautiful Pittwater.

Too much alcohol is consumed, hip hop rap ensues, and everyone has secrets worth spreading, and soon the night becomes a nightmare with dangerous revelations revealed by each woman.

Moreover, Ian Tompson, Australia’s 48th richest man, smashes his way into their ordinary suburban lives, late in the evening, with a large cash offer to the group that may just be too hard to refuse…

Will they keep money that has no strings attached? The auditorium and stage have been converted to provide an intimate theatre space, with an excellent well-chosen cast, and believable performances from all. Recommended.

Cast:
Maree Cole as Ann Watson
Tara jay as Ellie Jordan
Melissa Kathryn Rose as Jenny Henly
Grace Naoum as Tiffany (Tiff) Sampson
Steven Menteith as Ian Tompson
Tadhg Scanlon as Sammie Henly

Friday 8th July 2016 to Saturday 23rd July 2016

Star of the Sea Theatre, at Stella Maris College, corner of Iluka Avenue and Collingwood Streets, Manly

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FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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The Factory Space Theatre Company’s new production at their home venue in Manly, the Star of The Sea theatre, is EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN by Edward Albee.

EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN (1967) is Albee’s adaptation  of Giles Cooper’s play (1962) and premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on 16 November 1967.

Roz Riley’s production  featured a huge, well chosen cast and was carefully directed by Factory Space’s Artistic Director. Continue reading FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

Factory Space Theatre Company presents CAMILLE @ Star of the Sea MANLY

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The Factory Space Theatre Company’s new production at their home venue in Manly, the Star of The Sea theatre, is Pam Gems’ new adaptation  of Alexandre Dumas’ play CAMILLE ( ‘La Dame Au Camelias’) directed by Artistic Director Roz Riley.

This adaptation  of CAMILLE is re-imagined for the modern stage. Set in the 1840s this unforgettable classic bourgeois drama of the famous courtesan CAMILLE has comedic twists and enticing turns of plot, and an excellent music soundtrack. Beautiful Marguerite Gautier at the age of fifteen, her Marquis employer seduced her and becoming pregnant, she decides on the courtesan life as CAMILLE.

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MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

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The Factory Space Theatre Company is currently presenting THE MATILDA WALTZ, written and directed by Deborah Mulhall. The play premiered in a very abbreviated form at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2014.

The play spans 100 years of Australian history through the eyes of five generations of Australian women, each woman being the daughter of the woman before.

THE MATILDA WALTZ begins in Sydney in 1894, where we meet siblings Vera and Ida Templeton, their lawyer Mr. Andrew (Banjo) Paterson and the charming rogue, Horrie. We follow the Templeton family tree, through the First World War and the Second World War and onto the Vietnam War. We visit France, New York, Sydney, Queensland and outback NSW with clever locations changes, made with the change of a street sign. Continue reading MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

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MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE directed by Roz Riley, is a fresh new collection of short plays on these popular themes by a talented group of writers including Sky Yeager, Alex Broun, Emma Watson, Geneieve Mortiss, Micah Joel, Julia Lewis, Pete Malicki, James Hazelden and this year’s competition winner, Therese Cloonan’s Number 141.

A strong ensemble cast brings these vignettes alive including Karoline Rose O’Sullivan, Leon Kowalski, James Belfrage, Sandra Bass, Rhianne Evelyn-Ross, Neil Modra, Elly Hiraani Clapin, Robyn Makhoul, Katharine Marie Robertson, Rob White and Amanda Jermyn. Refreshingly different night out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which will keep you talking for many hours afterwards.

All the pieces are linked by the Presiding Angel (Zephon), who takes over the beautiful body of a suicide victim, and then arrives back on earth, to find out how humans manage their lives of free will, with all the bittersweet consequences and all the existential angst that comes with it.

My pick of the plays was Diabolical written by James Hazelden as directed by Alison Albany, which had an very unusual take on what happens when you use public transport on a night out,  still with one unanswered question about the wife.

A Factory Space Theatre Company production,  MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly, (located in the grounds of the Stella Maris College) until Saturday 18th October 2014.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

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Manly Musical Society is currently presenting JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1971 rock oratorio. The play covers the last week of Jesus’s life, showing the Passion and the Crucifixion.  All of the score’s tonal variations has been brought to new life on the stage, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for a limited season.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR was a best-selling record album in the 70s, and was London’s longest running musical, running for eight years. Written when Andrew Lloyd Webber was just 21 with lyricist Tim Rice, originally a concept music album, then a USA arena tour, before it went to Broadway and the West End.

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Bonfire Night at DESIRE Bookstore

 

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Taking an alternative route down to my local library I was drawn to look into a delicious looking bookstore. There were typewriters visible through the translucent window and my writing had become stale as of late. This could be just what I needed….

Upon entry to the quaint little space I noticed a man behind the counter decked out with a seriously fashionable moustache and outfit to match. He fitted the space so well he looked like a painting in the background. A little voice whispered ; ‘well, I may as well just have a little look around…’

The shelves were carefully aligned and decked with all sorts of books from deep down and thoughtful (cloud gazing at the moon) to earth wise tips on how to live whilst making this world a better place.

Desire Bookstore in Manly was quickly becoming a cool place. I nearly ran away with a beat poets wisdom wrapped up in an A3 poster to stick on my wall but instead became quickly engaged in a chat soiree with the bookshop keeper, Kuba. After our humble connection he discreetly slid a small little square of paper across the counter as he bid me farewell. I held it preciously in my hands, and unveiled it discreetly as I strolled down the street as if a member of some underground club. It read;

“BONFIRE @ Desire -a monthly open mic- come one, come all”.

8pm on a Tuesday night a small gathering peaked at a dim lite store on a tucked away back street in Manly. Drinks were served from a milk crate with local brewed cider, beer and paper cups filled with wine on the go. Already the floor had been cleared and people were sitting crossed legged or back to back with conversations interplaying creating a great big spider web of connections.  There was general respect, a hush brewing as if we were all feeding on the same gritting anticipation for this night’s adornment of artists.

 A little stage was set with a school desk, mic stand, fancy guitar amp, big red curtain drapes and privy backdrop.

‘That looks like grandma’s old sitting chair’ I pointed out with enthusiasm.

 The music began, and our host announces the big news ;

‘next month is our 23 event it will be 2 years to date’

cheers erupted from the over-zealous crowd. A general love and support can be heard from regulars and the curious newcomers soak it all in. The night see’s an array of performers from extremely talented writers, poets, spoken word artists, and musicians all free from pretension. I was impressed.

As an audience member I was blown away by the variety of work from this so loosely constructed event. Somehow it all seemed to work, and fall graciously into place. The different faces, from different places, and different generations all coming together to share the same space and express themselves is something special any where. And I imagine I will hold this place dear to my heart for moments to come.

I donned the microphone, and felt a warm response literally freeing me up on stage. (‘I’m going to make a habit of this’, I thought, and since have returned here every month). Highlights of that particular evening were, Szymek Dorabialski the hooves man- weaving poetic genius from a collection of horse names in a newspaper betting bill…Helen- the older woman who talked of passion throughout her years with such dry wit it made me weep with enjoyment… Eliot with his short story of his magical girl in the back of a Volvo… and of course I must give it up for at least one musician (although I’m quiet a musical elitist ) Julien, young boy who sounded like a young Jim Morrison, singing about dropping his ego of all things.

How mature the world can be, sometimes…

Bonfire night at Desire Bookstore, 3/3 Whistler Street, Manly, takes place the last Tuesday of every month.

Desire Bookstore is open between 10am and 5pm seven days a week.