Independent Theatre

KRAPPS LAST TAPE @ THE OLD FITZ

 

Jonathan Biggins

o close their highly successful and diverse 2019 season at the Old Fitz Theatre, Red Line Productions presents a Samuel Beckett classic, Krapp’s Last Tape, playing from 26 November to 14 December. Internationally acclaimed director Gale Edwards directs the extraordinary Jonathan Biggins in Beckett’s glorious dance between performer and tape recorder.

It is Krapp’s 69th birthday, and he is preparing for his last annual recount of a life brimming with fading hopes and stark disappointments. An unflinching portrait of a man nearing the end, Beckett collides the tragic and the comic in a powerful exploration of time, fate, memory and the ones that got away.

The play is considered to be Beckett at his most autobiographical and draws heavily on biographical detail.

In her Red Line Productions debut, Gale Edwards directs Jonathan Biggins in his Red Line debut, on a production designed by Sydney Theatre Award Lifetime Achievement Award winner Brian Thomson AM, also in his Red Line debut. Jonathan Biggins is an actor, writer and director with a wide and varied stage career. Best known as one of the creators of the STC’s Wharf Revue, his acting credits also include performances with Opera Australia, STC and MTC. Jonathan recently performed in No Cabaret For Old Men for Sydney Cabaret Festival and concluded this year’s tour of his new one-man theatrical biography of Paul Keating, The Gospel According to Paul.

Red Line Productions Artistic Director is thrilled to present their first Samuel Beckett play with this stellar team. “At the end of half a decade of Red Line, finishing the year with Jonathan and Gale, two of Australia’s best, bringing a Beckett to this little theatre is a gift. To have top line artists so enthusiastic to get on our stage, so consistently, is just magic. Just 60 people a night will experience this show over its limited run, and Vanessa and I can’t wait to share it.”

 

 

 

THE HOUSE AT BOUNDARY ROAD, LIVERPOOL @ OLD 505 THEATRE

Featuring the largest cast to ever grace The Old 505 stage, THE HOUSE AT BOUNDARY ROAD, LIVERPOOL is the story of Australia’s post-war immigration played out in the same house over four generations. The play has been written collaboratively by four different playwrights each of whom have a unique immigrant heritage: Violette Ayad (performer in Coram Boy), Thomas De Angelis (Chamber Pot Opera), Chika Ikogwe (performer in Fangirls) and Jordan Shea (Kasama Kita).

In 1953, Roberto and Anna are building a house in Boundary Rd, Liverpool. They only arrived from Italy last year, and the heat, inconsistent work and lack of friends is starting to wear them out. By the mid-1970s, the Italians are gone and now an alcoholic Jovy and his two adult sons are struggling to make enough money for themselves to get by, and all the while the family back in the Philippines keep calling and asking for cash. At the cusp of the new millennium, two young Lebanese/Palestinian women return to their childhood home on Boundary Rd and can’t quite say goodbye to it – even though the olive tree they loved is gone. And in 2018, young Chioma wrestles with a serious dilemma: a party this weekend, a stern Nigerian mother, and a high school crush that she just can’t get over. What could go wrong? Continue reading THE HOUSE AT BOUNDARY ROAD, LIVERPOOL @ OLD 505 THEATRE

TWO QUARTERS FULL @ FLIGHT PATH THEATRE

A new Aussie drama Two Quarters Full by Iley Jones is having it’s World Premiere at Flight Path Theatre on November 5th and will run until November 10th.

Produced by Moontan Productions and starring Misha Mehigan, Molly Haddon, Alannah Roberston, and Cheng Tang ​Two Quarters Full ​is an intimate 1-act play exploring grief, love, and the turbulent relationships that it’s characters share. When a not so by the books lawyer is suddenly confronted with potential unemployment, death, and his estranged brother showing up on his doorstep, Christian’s and the lives of those around him are thrown into dysfunction and insecurity. Grief is prominently what’s explored, the grief that we hide from the ones we love and sometimes even ourselves. Continue reading TWO QUARTERS FULL @ FLIGHT PATH THEATRE

CASSIE HAMILTON’S ‘PLAYING FACE’ : IN YOUR FACE THEATRE

Harold Phipps as Mr King and Anna Lambert as Violet Young. Photo – Riley McLean

My husband watches reality TV. He loves Masterchef (he’s a chef and reckons he enjoys watching them stuff up) as well as Survivor and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

I admit to occasionally watching episodes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and musing over how genuine the kissing and conversations really can be under the completely staged and producer manipulated circumstances.

It’s puzzling. How much of it is ‘reality’ and how much is side-coached and constructed? How real can we be with a camera monitoring everything?

But then, we play different parts and roles in our daily lives anyway and at different stages in our lives so having a camera in the face really just adds another dimension to ‘playing the part’. Continue reading CASSIE HAMILTON’S ‘PLAYING FACE’ : IN YOUR FACE THEATRE

DON’T HATE THE PLAYER @ THE OLD FITZ

Darcy and her reluctant sister enter the world of a virtual reality video game where they are caught up in jobs as drug-ring receptionists. Inside, IT histories are available to all other players, and there’s no way of knowing if those you meet are real or simulated. Lies, scheming, and blossoming romances make for one hell of a game.

DON’T HATE THE PLAYER is playing the Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo between October 8 and October 12

https:/www.redlineproductions.com.au/underground-emerging

A LIFE HALF LIVED : THE NATALIE WOOD STORY

A one-woman show by Madeleine Wighton celebrating the life of Natalie Wood.

Hollywood royalty, Natalie Wood, was known for films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Gypsy, Splendour in the Grass, and West Side Story.

From the outside, it looked like she had the world at her feet. But as we delve into the nuances that moulded her life, we see that behind the glamour and fame, Natalie Wood was terribly broken and fragile.

For thirty years it was stated that, after her body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean, that Natalie Wood’s cause of death was “accidental drowning”.

But only a few years ago alongside some newfound evidence, the case was reopened and we are now asking, was Natalie Wood murdered?

A LIFE HALF LIVED : THE NATALIE WOOD STORY is playing one night only at the Bondi Pavilion on 19th October, 2019 at 7pm,

https://www.bonditheatrecompany.com.au/shows/a-life-half-lived-the-natalie-wood-story

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL : EXIT WOUNDS BY LARA BALKEN

from left- Ilya Ilyashyk, Chrissy Mae Valentine, Lara Balken and Sam Martin. Pic by Ella Vanderdeyl

Creating space for women’s voices in Sydney’s theatre culture. ‘Exit Wounds’ is the world premiere of a new work from emerging Sydney playwright Lara Balken.

Graceless Productions present ‘Exit Wounds’ as part of Sydney Fringe Festival 2019, playing 10-15 September at Flight Path Theatre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville.

Sam doesn’t know who she wants to be when she grows up, besides relatively happy, and hopefully safe holding her girlfriend’s hand in public. Which would be fine – if she wasn’t 23, an unapologetic disaster with a self-destructive streak, and suddenly staring down her own mortality while the three people she cares about most stand right in her blast radius. “Exit Wounds” is a darkly comedic drama about grief, love, and identity, centred on a young woman whose life takes a startling turn.

Lara Balken (director/writer/actor) says: “There’s a notable absence of roles in theatre for women in their 20s, particularly queer women, and Exit Wounds is in many ways a response to that. I wanted to write characters who feel genuinely contemporary, and let the women be messy in a way that’s still almost unheard of in theatre.”

Cast: Lara Balken as Sam, Ilya Ilyashyk as Zach, Chrissy Mae Valentine as Natasha, and Sam Martin as Eli.

Creative team: Director/Writer Lara Balken, Set/Costume Design: Bronte Barnicoat, Lighting/Sound Design: Marie Echevarria, Stage Manager: Hannah Crane, Production Assistant: Elle Vanderdeyl

Graceless Productions is a new Sydney-based company dedicated to supporting emerging artists and telling challenging, provocative stories. “Exit Wounds” is being presented by an all-female creative team.

Exit Wounds plays at Flight Path Theatre as follows: Preview 8pm September 10, shows 8pm September 11-14 and 5pm September 15. Tickets are $25 (preview/concession) and $30 (adult) and can be purchased online at www.sydneyfringe.com. For more information please visit www.sydneyfringe.com

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Speak … easy @ Annandale Creative Arts Centre

This is the world premiere of a new play by Sydney-based Jo Kadlecek, directed by Nicholas Papademetriou.

The story: young writer DJ Havel is stuck. She’s pregnant, on deadline and reeling from the mother’s death. Enter three legendary writers from the 1920s, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Day and Dorothy L. Sayers.

DJ has found her muse – if they’ll behave. Presented by Joining The Dots theatre company.

DATES
3-5 September, 7.30pm, 5pm Sundays at the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston Street, Annandale.

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Bar’d Work – The Shakesbeer Sessions: Twelfth Night

Fast, funny and irreverent Shakespeare performed in your local pub. This troupe of actors will have you dying with laughter, singing along with pub classics, and most importantly, doing something you never thought you’d do. Love Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy of shipwreck, mistaken identity and lust. Love triangles left and right as a stranded Viola, enters Orsino’s service to woo Olivia yet falls in love with him in the process. With an array of weird and wonderful characters, one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies comes to life with a pint and pub grub. Continue reading Bar’d Work – The Shakesbeer Sessions: Twelfth Night

WINK BY JEN SILVERMAN : COMING TO KINGS CROSS THEATRE

Sofie and Gregor are drifting apart. Their cat, Wink, is missing, and the only thing they share is their psychiatrist. Then Wink turns up on the psychiatrist’s couch…

One relationship falls apart – while another blossoms – as violent desires, domestic terrorism, and relentless feline vengeance drip from this ominous comedy about the thin line between civilisation and savagery.

A Wheels and Co production, Anthony Skuse directs Eloise Snape (MopHead’s The Humans, FX Networks’ Mr. In Between), Matthew Cheetham (Outhouse Theatre Co’s The Flick, ABC TV + iview’s Les Norton), Graeme McRae (Birdland, Foxtel’s Secret City) and Sam O’Sullivan (The Norman Conquests, SBS Australia’s On The Ropes) in the Australian Premiere of Jen Silverman’s (The Moors, Netflix’s Tales of the City) brand new play.

★★★★ “AUDACIOUS, INNOVATIVE, COMPLETELY SURPRISING AND JAW-DROPPING.” – San Francisco Theatre

DATES
August 2 – 24 at Kings Cross Theatre, 244-249 William Street, Kings Cross

For more about WINK by Jen Silverman, visit http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/wink

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Featured image- Sam O’Sullivan in ‘Wink’  Pic by Robert Catto

FAULTY TOWERS : THE DINING EXPERIENCE : A DOUBLE PASS TO GIVE AWAY

Officially the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s famous sitcom, this Australian original has made its international mark as an ‘unforgettable night out’ (The West Australian). Selling out at shows all over the world – including Sydney Opera House and London’s West End – it’s now returning to Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in July 2019.

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70% of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food, and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out.                 Continue reading FAULTY TOWERS : THE DINING EXPERIENCE : A DOUBLE PASS TO GIVE AWAY