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RIDICULUSMUS: GIVE ME YOUR LOVE

Give Me Your Love: Ridiculusmus

Question.  Is it disrespectful to the artists not to want to search for deep meaning after seeing a show?  I came away from GIVE ME YOUR LOVE with a desire to just sit with it awhile.  Not to search, but simply to allow the impact to wash through under-consciousness.  No intellectual rigour applied after the viewing, no empathetic after-engagement and definitely no mulling, considering or metaphor questing.

I mean, I get it.  You have to know what your box is before you can get out of your box and my friend wanted to get stuck into that deep and meaningful at the after-party.  Not me.  It’s truth in advertising.  GIVE ME YOUR LOVE did just that.  It gave me love, warmth, insight, laughs and most surprisingly, a story.  Like …gave it to me … whole.

There’s a man on stage, he’s partially in a moving box marked ‘Shoes’.  He’s wounded, he’s in a box yet we can see the suffering.  There are people outside the larger box into which Zach has put himself by virtue of a door chain.  Those people want to help.  Carol, his wife, offers to find a new way of seeing by getting her own box and his son, Ieuan, is trapped outside the larger box as his hand reaches through the slightly cracked door with a possible treatment.

Ridiculusmus (co-artistic directors and performers David Woods and Jon Haynes) is a multi-award winning UK theatre company.  They are known for inventive ways of presenting complex ideas and this production tackles MDMA (Ecstasy )assisted therapy for PTSD.  That’s how Ieuan hopes to help.

The show is part of THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL which is an initiative of UNSW in association with the Black Dog Institute to question and re-imagine 21st century mental health. Woods and Haynes are investigating innovative approaches to mental health through three works.  This production being the second after THE ERADICATION OF SCHIZOPHRENIA IN WESTERN LAPLAND.

Before holding up a hand to my friend’s de-briefing we had a bit of an argument.  I think the actor (Woods) inside the box is a puppetmaster, to my friend he is a suit-operator.  He stomps like a Teletubbie when disconcerted but he holds hands up to box face when alarmed. Overthinking it now.  It’s remarkable whole body acting in any event, yet Hayes’ Ieuan is the pure wonderey of voice and mime.

Best to take the strobe/ loud noise warnings seriously in this production, I had actual double vision and ringing ears after one of the alienation sequences yet I was absolutely undeterred from the narrative.  It’s compelling and complex storytelling with silence and stillness in places, quick fire comic responses in others, hilarious breaking of the fourth wall and huge warlike hits of pathos and sadness.

Like all therapeutic experiences though, there can sometimes be something that gives you pause.  I struggled when the reason for Zach’s PTSD was revealed.  It probably wasn’t the truth, there had been a few versions but it was said and it was without examination.  And it made me uncomfortable because it felt disrespectful.  So it is my hope that the emotional, visceral content of GIVE ME YOUR LOVE will weave a kind of enlightenment as it sits undisturbed within me.  If not, I will poke it with a stick and see if my own restrictive cardboard walls implode.

GIVE ME YOUR LOVE continues at the Seymour Centre until November 4th.  More information at  https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/give-me-your-love/ 

UNSW MTS PRESENTS JASON ROBERT BROWN’S ‘THE LAST 5 YEARS!’ @ STUDIO ONE UNSW

The University of New South Wales Musical Theatre Society (MTS) is presenting the show THE LAST 5 YEARS! at Studio One on campus from the 1st – 5th of August.

This musical by Jason Robert Brown tells a story of shattered love, time and dreams , depicting the fragility of relationships and love over its  unique timeline.

MTS says that it has come up with a great cast which will do the show justice. The production will star Lily Stokes as Cathy Hyatt and Jack Dawson as Jamie Wellerstein.

Tickets can be booked at  https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF

Producer: Tash Atkins
Director: Kate Cameron
Musical Directors: Yasmin Stelling and Alexander Mau

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: The Last 5 Years, visit https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF
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AN OFFER TOO GOOD TO REFUSE – HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET THE ADDAMS FAMILY

With music and lyrics by renowned musical composer Andrew Lippa, this Tony nominated musical follows the iconic spooky family – The Addams Family.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met.

If that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE MUSICAL   promises to be a fun, kooky night at the theatre for all ages. For those who grew up with the wonderful characters created by Charles Addams, this is a great new take on the beloved family whilst offering plenty of nostalgia.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

NUTS will put on performances on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August at 7pm and Saturday 19th at 5pm at the Science Theatre, UNSW Campus.

For more about The Addams Family, The Musical, visit http://www.nuts.org.au/addams-family.html
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BUDDHIST EXHIBITION 2017 : UNCOVERING THE LIGHT OF BUDDHISM

Buddhist Exhibition is an exhibition that  has been organised by the University of NSW Buddhist Society (UNIBUDS) to showcase Buddhist artefacts and artworks to the public.

In accordance with this year’s theme, “Uncovering the Light of Buddhism”,  the exhibition will explore the original purpose and meaning behind some Buddhist artefacts, by delving into the influence of time and culture in shaping the current perceptions of these artefacts.

How did Buddhism come about? What items did monks use back in the day of the Buddha? Who distilled the Buddha’s teachings from oral communication into written form and how were they recorded? Come and find out as you navigate your way through artefacts and exhibits as art, history and Buddhism intertwine.             Continue reading BUDDHIST EXHIBITION 2017 : UNCOVERING THE LIGHT OF BUDDHISM

STUDENT TROUPE IN GOOD COMPANY WITH SONDHEIM

Timeless and evocative, Stephen Sondheim’s 7 time Tony Award Winner COMPANY is regarded as one of the great modern musicals.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends force the habitually single Robert to question his rigid bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best known songs including the renowned finale Being Alive. With discussions about marriage, divorce, homosexuality and commitment, COMPANY is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

COMPANY will be playing between Tuesday 4th April and Saturday 8 April at STUDIO ONE, UNSW : Tuesday to Friday at 7.30 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

Book tickets at http://bit.ly/MTSCompany

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: Company, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=256429&embed=256429
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NUTS GOES FARCICAL WITH ‘MY LITTLE DOLL’ @ STUDIO ONE, UNSW

My Little Doll Family Portrait -pic By Viviana Barrero

New South Wales University Theatrical Society’s (NUTS) upcoming production is a contemporary farce by Uruguayan playwright Gabriel Calderón, MY LITTLE DOLL (THE FARCE) centres around a dysfunctional middle upper class family where a young woman becomes a pawn in an elaborate revenge plot by her uncle against her father. Narrated by the family’s butler, this dark comedy dances between “burlesque and grotesque” as the daughter adopts her doll as an alter ego.

Translated into English by Veronica Barac, the frenetic rhythm of this controversial dark comedy takes you on a powerful journey into the fragmented psyches of these very twisted characters. The original Spanish production Mi Muñequita (La Farsa), shocked and delighted audiences all over Latin America and now it is our pleasure to bring this story to Australian audiences for the first time.

This play contains themes of child abuse, domestic violence, murder and suicide.

SEASON DETAILS :-
18th – 22nd October; 18th-21st 7.00pm, 22nd 2.00pm at Studio 1, Gate 2, University Of New South Wales.

For more about My Little Doll (The Farce), visit http://bit.ly/NUTSMyLittleDoll
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NUTS PRESENTS INTO THE WOODS @ LEND LEASE THEATRE DARLING HARBOUR

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‘Once upon a time’ … Stephen Sondheim’s treasured music theatre favourite INTO THE WOODS (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine) delivers its take on precisely all that happens after ‘Happily Ever After’ and yes indeed ‘the truth hurts’.

A modern politically corrected twist is applied to well-known classic fairy-tales, with a terrific cast of great voices who each evoke exactly the right mood during their performances. The original fairy tale of a childless baker and his wife who had been cursed by a witch, has been combined with the Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel fairy tales.          Continue reading NUTS PRESENTS INTO THE WOODS @ LEND LEASE THEATRE DARLING HARBOUR