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ALL THE DIFFERENCE @ Old 505 Theatre

Kathryn Schuback as Flik
Kathryn Schuback as Flik

In our older years, we sort of know most things about ourselves. I could tell you a lot of personal stuff if you asked me… and you held a psychiatrist’s licence. But last night I learned something new about my inner world. I’m a naysayer. I wouldn’t have thought that this is the case but there it is… Just hanging in the air of Old 505 theatre.

ALL THE DIFFERENCE is a play of choices. We meet Flik. Well. Felicity actually. The shortening of her name to make herself happy (get it?) enrages her mother. She’s young when we first meet her . She’s in a boat with her Dad. Dad time is precious. Continue reading ALL THE DIFFERENCE @ Old 505 Theatre

And Now To Bed @ The Kings Cross Hotel

Inset Pic- Richard Cornally and  Eleanor Stankiewicz. Featured Pic- Richard Cornally and Shauntelle Benjamin. Pics Zorica Purlija
Inset Pic- Richard Cornally and Eleanor Stankiewicz. Featured Pic- Richard Cornally and Shauntelle Benjamin. Pics Zorica Purlija

AND NOW TO BED is the third in the Table Talk Trilogy commissioned and produced by one of Sydney’s most enduring and entertaining theatre companies, Subtlenuance.

Director Paul Gilchrist chose seven actors and paired them each with a writer. The writer then took a story from the actor’s personal experience and crafted it into a theatrical tale. The only brief given was to explore the concept of sexuality.

That done, Gilchrist curated the individual stories into a cohesive show, giving it theatrical shape and form.

As the great writer, Raymond Carver said, you have to know what you’re doing when you turn your life’s stories into fiction. You have to be immensely daring, very skilled and imaginative and willing to tell. Continue reading And Now To Bed @ The Kings Cross Hotel

Joan, Again

Kit Bennett delivers a subtle and eloquence performance as Therese. Pic Katy Green Loughrey
Kit Bennett delivers a subtle and eloquent performance as Therese. Pic Katy Green Loughrey

Was the road to Rouen really the road to ruin for Jeanne D’Arc?

The story goes that the Maid of Orleans was made barbecue steak in Rouen, burned as a heretic by the same Church that canonised her some centuries later.

In writer/director Paul Gilchrist’s new play, JOAN, AGAIN, Joan appears a decade after the pyre in a sleepy little village called Plume. Perhaps she has chosen the place because its name is synonymous with smoke.

Plume’s claim to fame is its beds and it’s amongst the peasant feather pluckers that Joan reveals herself and instantly causes conflict.

Misanthropist matriarch of the mattress business, Isabelle (Helen Tonkin) doubts the person purporting to be Joan (Sylvia Keays) putting her into direct opposition to her only surviving child, Bernadette (Bonnie Kellett).

Her niece, Marie (Kitty Hopwood) also buys Joan’s bona fides when her returned soldier husband, Gerard (James Collette) identifies her in the affirmative.

Isabelle rants and vents against Gerard and Joan, seeing in both reminders of a war that has reduced most of her family to fertiliser in the field of France.

Genuine or fraud, Joan’s timing to appear in Plume is off, as the Grand Inquisitor, Cardinal Theobald (Lyndon Jones) and his overzealous acolyte, Father Berthold (Ted Crosby) have ducked down to the town in transit to meetings of overblown importance with other minor luminaries.

These two allow Gilchrist to target the hypocrisies of the Church, where superstition trumps spirituality and fear dictates faith. These are the embodiment of Catch 22 catechists who indoctrinate and damn to suit their own agenda.

Awash with words, verbally viscous at times, the most affecting characters in the play are the ones with fewer lines.

Compelling in her silence and stillness is Kit Bennett as Therese, quiet as a mouse and considered by some as the ‘village idiot”. And when she does speak, it is delivered with an eloquence and poignancy that speaks volumes.

As her father, Felix, Dave Kirkham imbues the flustered feather farmer with humanity, pathos and humour. Both these performers live up to the production company mantle of subtle nuance.

JOAN, AGAIN runs Tue-Sat 8pm and Sundays 5pm at The Old Fitzroy, Woolloomooloo till August 23.