LADIES IN BLACK is a thought-provoking comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney Australia, with important female lifestyle messages that are still relevant today. Timeless and memorable coming of age story, focused on the naive bookish ultra-intelligent sixteen year old Lisa Miles. December 1959 she takes a summer job for two months, at Goodes department store, which is a fictional business that is loosely based on the Australian department store chain, David Jones Limited. The required work-uniform that all female counter staff wear, is the LBD (Little Black Dress) made iconic and famous by Coco Chanel when published in Vogue Magazine in 1926. Continue reading LADIES IN BLACK @ STRATHFIELD MUSICAL SOCIETY
The audience’s first glimpse of THE POOR KITCHEN is the fully-detailed immaculate set, giving the immediate ambiance of a rustic farmyard kitchen. Fully able to suspend disbelief, these huge characters are Italian, on a organic Olive Grove farm making the best possible bitter olive oil. Wonderful ensemble cast, and also in vivid flashbacks the cast provide insights about ELLE’s grandmother and grandfather ROBERTO plus her father ALDO and his sister SOPHIA.
By selecting the perfect cast, director Julie Baz has easily captured the exuberance and vitality of each character, nurturing and developing the delicious performances delivered by all. Playwright Daniela Giorgi has carefully crafted the memorable narrative, and the present-day adult characters, plus the past events are all strongly structured to entertain.
Leading lady ELLE suddenly inherits from her Aunt SOPHIA the family farmstead in Italy, decides to sell, to be cashed-up solely to finally gain entry into the Sydney property market.
Comedy one liners, a huge political history lesson about the leader of the Italian National Fascist Party, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (Former Prime Minister of Italy). Family matters with feuds lasting decades, the required essence of personal intrigues, and dramatic parochial secrets hidden but lightly telegraphed to increase audience expectations. Shyster lawyer with his own undisclosed agenda, with thieves stealing Elle’s hire car.
Insightful political commentary with the opportunity to learn about refugee migration to Italy, versus our stop-the-boats. Living to grow your own food, versus working to buy your food. Pro-organic versus anti-pesticide. An interesting multiple message play, and yes an entertaining evening of live theatre, with a delightful unexpected ending.
Running time 100 minutes including a 15 minute interval.
PATINA PRODUCTIONS presents THE POOR KITCHEN by Daniela Giorgi. Originally presented during February 2016 in Newtown as part of Old 505 Theatre’s February 2016 Fresh Works Program.
Directed by Julie Baz
Designer David Jeffrey
Amy Victoria Brooks – ELLE/SOFIA
Taylor Buoro – ANNA
David Jeffrey – VITTORIO/ALDO
Wendi Lanham – GUILIA
Myles Waddell – CARLO/ROBERTO
LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS, Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (near Taylor Square)
Two week season from Wednesday 8th May 2019 until Saturday 26th May 2019 – 8.15pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat plus 5:15pm Sundays 12th – 19th – 26th May 2019.
Duration of under 100 minutes, including the 15 minute interval.
Images by Clare Hawley.
Patina Productions curates, develops and supports the plays and musicals presented in the LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS @ Limelight on Oxford. They collaborate with both emerging and seasoned indie creatives who demonstrate the commitment, capacity and enthusiasm required to stage world class indie shows.
JOSEPH K is arrested on his thirtieth birthday, and ending on his 31st birthday, we experience the mediocrity of a dystopian government bureaucracy gone quite mad.
This JOSEPH K is a truely brilliant production with a perfect ensemble cast of ten actors, with many in unique multiple roles. Expertly directed by Sean O’Riordon, who is an actor’s director who understands all the nuances of performance. The well-chosen background music soundtrack, adds an extra level of depth to the JOSEPH K theatre experience. Continue reading JOSEPH K @ LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst
Manly Musical Society presents their gorgeous new production of Les Misérables, the world’s longest running musical. Featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time, this true modern classic musical is based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, set in 19th-century France, the era of the Paris Student Uprising of 1832, the French Revolution. Follow the lifetime journey of parolee Jean Valjean, constantly chased by ruthless police inspector Javert.
Bold and innovative theatre, brand new Australian play, meeting the denizens of Sydney suburbia set in a shopping centre. Interesting charity fundraising message drama, about the different methodology between Volunteers and Non-Volunteers (un)successfully collecting donations for charities, and their questionable motives with rejection avoidance their only concern, whilst being constantly economical with the truth. You are made to wonder what kind of multi-national corporate black hole is being used to make disappear every year, all of the combined millions of dollars of charity donations. Continue reading HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND MAKE BANK DOING IT at LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford
There are twelve completely different and completely original plays, in another tasty assortment of theatre treats being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet Week Nine WILDCARDS FINALS of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”.
Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Huge week of must-see comedic delights with each brand new play under ten minutes. The S+S festival has new shows every week and runs until the S+S GALA FINALS on the 27th and the 28th April 2019. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE WEEK NINE – WILDCARDS FINALS – SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE
DITCH is Beth Steel’s brutal dystopian thought-provoking debut play from 2010, and now receives a splendid Australian Premiere at the boutique performance venue, Limelight on Oxford. Man-made climate apocalypse, gloom and doom as most of the United Kingdom is now underwater, together with the shear stupidity of an impending global nuclear annihilation.
This play is a stark and lucid reminder of the possibilities, caused by any of the world’s governments failing to prevent global warming. Bleak unpleasant future, London is long gone, and Manchester’s draconian government remains strong, and Manchester Security Services are constantly sending their able-bodied men to die in Venezuela. Continue reading DITCH BY BETH STEEL @ LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD
SHORT+SWEET Week Eight, this is the final week of heats of the Top 80, with the SHORT+SWEET Finals Series beginning next week, including the penultimate heats that include the S+S PEOPLE’S CHOICE SHOWCASE 2019 and the S+S WILDCARD FINALS 2019 and the S+S CREWCUT FINALS 2019, and soon the ultimate event with the SHORT+SWEET GALA FINAL 2019.
There are thirteen very different and very original plays, in a tasty assortment of theatre treats being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet Week Eight of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”.
A delicious comedy halloween antics, the audition process, comedy mission to mars, aged care, dating super-heroes, all provide laugh-out-loud entertainment, plus message plays about relationships, millennials, dramatic intrigues and dramedy. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK EIGHT SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE
There are eleven very different and very original plays, being performed live on stage this week, at Short and Sweet. A delicious comedy monologue provides laugh-out-loud entertainment, message plays about the drug menace, ghosts, relationships, millennials, comedies, dramatic intrigues and dramedy. Explore each ten minute play covering all manner of things, in a tasty assortment of live theatre treats vividly explored on stage during Short and Sweet Week Seven of “The biggest little theatre festival in the world”.
Every week there is a new Short+Sweet Top 80 program (Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 6.00pm) together with a separate new S+S Wildcards program each week (Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm). The annual Short+Sweet huge gala finals, all take place during April 2019.
Second year in this big new venue for S+S, and comfortably seating a maximum of 171. Top 80 WEEK SEVEN is a huge week of must-see comedic delights with each brand new play under ten minutes, Thursday 21st March 2019 until Sunday. The S+S festival has new shows every week for eight weeks, and runs through to April 2019. Continue reading SHORT+SWEET THEATRE TOP 80 WEEK SEVEN SYDNEY 2019 @ AMPA – TOM MANN THEATRE
Charles Schulz’s beloved PEANUTS comic strip, comes brilliantly alive on the stage, in Clark Gesner’s family-friendly Broadway musical comedy, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. Explore one day in the life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang friends, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus, and Snoopy. Charles Schultz’s PEANUTS comic strips have delighted countless generations with their joyful innocence. Continue reading YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN – the musical
Sydney premiere. Starting at night on Jennifer and Bob Jones’s front porch, in a small mountain town, they meet and greet their brand new neighbours Pony and John Jones, who are now renting the house next door. Will Emo has carefully crafted a unique slow-burning and quite wistful play about two unrelated married couples absurdly both named Jones, who are getting to know each other, via highly eccentric and memorable Q and A.
Marriages under substantial stress, due to the constantly erratic but eclectic behaviour of both husbands. Praiseworthy direction by Julie Baz, and she has chosen an impeccable ensemble cast at the height of their craft, with each actor delivering earnest character-driven performances.
The two husbands, Bob Jones (Jeff Houston) and John Jones (David Jeffrey) are both dying, however they are keeping the exact same secret, that will be fully revealed in the Second Act. Discomfort easily generating laughter, their ever evolving back story, grows exponentially as multiple truths revealed.
John Jones displays assertive behaviour whilst delivering comedy immortal one-liners, with effective wordplay that sends the story forward in the most interesting and very entertaining ways, intentionally limiting and setting and respecting relationship boundaries. Continue reading THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst