Independent Theatre

ARTHUR & MARILYN: GIVEAWAYS TO A NEW AUSTRALIAN PLAY

 

ARTHUR AND MARILYN Photographed by The Regular Studio

Dinosaurus Productions presents the premiere of ARTHUR & MARILYN by Jasper Lee-Lindsay.

All these years later, everyone has their own version of Marilyn Monroe. But one man has claimed to have known her better than anyone else; her husband and famous playwright, Arthur Miller.

Arthur wants to share who Marilyn really was. But with the memories comes all the baggage, and Arthur may not be as in control of the story as he thought.

Jasper Lee-Lindsay’s debut play is an expansion of his award-winning short play of the same name, and takes a deeper look at the dispossession of identity, and how your story shapes you when you’re not the one telling it.

Contains coarse language and adult themes.
With Meg Hyeronimus and Alec Ebert
Director: Danen Young
Stage Manager: Emma Bradbury
Designer: Lyndal Tuckey

Dinosaurus Productions[Facebook] presents ARTHUR & MARILYN [Facebook Event] May 29th – June 2nd at Blood Moon Theatre [Facebook]. Tickets available at TryBooking.

With thanks to the producers , Sydney Arts Guide has 5 double passes to give away to ARTHUR & MARILYN either Wednesday May 30 or Thursday May 31st.  
To be in the running to win one of the double passes,
email(editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with THE MILLERS as the subject and please indicate your preferred date. Competition closes COB Friday 25th May, 2018.  Only winners will be notified.

The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

Photos: Felicity Tchorlian

A deadline.  A pet spider.  A bucket list budget.

THE CAROUSEL will play at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of the KXT Step Up Festival.  THE CAROUSEL is a new Australian play that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.

Christa and Jamie (Alex Francis and Tasha O’Brien) are sisters. Together they are embarking upon the treacherous transition between girlhood and womanhood. As girls they learn about the horrors of life, and as young women they inevitably start to live them. Christa wants Jamie to start living, Jamie refuses to leave the house. Continue reading The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT  is a satire on art practice.   “It’s opening night at the Sydney Contemporary Art Museum and things are not going well.”  A play about modern art, love and elephant dung… and suicidal Santas!   And we have 10 double tickets to give away to the real opening night. Continue reading IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.

ALISON’S HOUSE: PULITZER WINNING PLAY FOR DEPOT THEATRE

Image by Clare Hawley

Inspired by the life and work of the American poet Emily Dickinson, ALISON’S HOUSE by Susan Glaspell is a (lost) American classic and Pulitzer Prize winner. Motivated by a desire to bring iconic, but neglected plays written by women into contemporary consciousness, ALISON’S HOUSE is an integral part of The Depot Theatre’s 2018 Season. Continue reading ALISON’S HOUSE: PULITZER WINNING PLAY FOR DEPOT THEATRE

13 THE MUSICAL : THE BRIGHT AND DARK SIDES OF ADOLESENCE

Theatre foyers these days are too often the province of the middle aged and older.  How refreshing it was then to see such a young crowd mingling pre show.

We had all come to see 13 THE MUSICAL, book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown,  which premiered on Broadway back in 2009.

This was the return season of this show which was originally presented  by the Chatswood Musical Society.  This production was brought to us by the newly formed theatre Company, Brand New You, in association with The Annex Dance and Arts Centre.

The show follows Evan Goldman’s journey. Evan is 12 and coming up to that landmark day in his thirteenth year when he has his Bar Mitzvah – when a Jewish boy becomes a man and receives heaps of presents and cash from his family and friends. Continue reading 13 THE MUSICAL : THE BRIGHT AND DARK SIDES OF ADOLESENCE

‘LITTLE BORDERS’ AND BIG IDEAS @ THE OLD 505

Like giants astride the world the audience gingerly crosses the stage to their seats past a circle of little houses.  

Beautifully rendered, these tiny white boxes of ticky tacky are artfully arranged and lit from inside.  Yet the circle seems to have a gap.  After sitting, it is obvious to the viewer that the object of desire is on the other side of the stage, on a plinth, alone and dark and waiting approval for placement.  It will complete the circle and another of the suburban LITTLE BORDERS will be fully ringed.

Elle and Steve are upwardly mobile and uptight.  They are being interviewed for admission to a gated community.  From the first winning smile, this couple are on a mission to get away from the otherness which is invading their current situation.  Neighbours with other families and dogs praying and singing and working on their cars in different languages, at different times and with … too much difference … are all around this harassed couple.    Continue reading ‘LITTLE BORDERS’ AND BIG IDEAS @ THE OLD 505

GOTTERDAMMERUNG (TWILIGHT OF THE GODS) @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE

This show has been put on by the Arrive. Devise. Repeat (ADR) Collective, formed in 2015. They specialise in creating work as an ensemble. Their first production was a stage adaptation of Albert Camus’ classic novel The Outsider at the Sydney Fringe Festival.  The joint devisers and performers were Ryan Devlin, Patrick Howard, Jacqueline Marriott and Victor Kalka.

For their second production  they have taken on one of the big subjects, mortality; how we deal with death, essentially from two perspectives; those deaths which we have to deal  with and face in our private/personal lives, and those deaths of celebrities which are announced through the wide range of news services which are now at everybody’s fingertips.

In a wise move, considering the heavy nature of the material, the Ensemble presented their show in a very appealing, informal, warm and relaxed way. A small table was set up to the side of the stage with an urn, coffee and tea bags  and milk. People were welcome to grab  a cuppa.

The show was divided into four very clearly  divided Acts, and there was a short break between each of these Acts. The performers walked around the audience offering treats from their respective biscuit trays.

I enjoyed the troupe’s down to earth, unadorned style of performance. They played themselves, wore ordinary clothes,  didn’t wear any make up, and ‘got down’ to sharing their experiences, their thoughts and anecdotes, relating to the ‘grim reaper’.

My heartstrings were pulled, at times, during the show, and I am sure that this was also the case for others in the audience. Anecdotes about those dark days when iconic celebrities such as Princess Diana and David Bowie died. And then there were the more personal deaths, such as Victor recounting the time when he went to Germany to visit his grandmother only to go into her bedroom one day to find her passed away in her bed.

The show ended on an appropriately reflective note. The audience drifted off as the performers hugged each other and quietly chatted amongst themselves. 

One can say a lot of things about death, much more than can be encapsulated in a single theatre performance. My thought to share…death has, and always will have, the power to take one’s breath away. No matter where you are, or what you are doing, when you hear that someone close to you has died, one’s jaw just drop, one’s world, for a time, falls apart.

GOTTERDAMMERUNG (Twilight Of The Gods) played for only two performances, on the 3rd and 6th July, at the Kings Cross Theatre, Level 2, the Kings Cross Hotel. Hopefully this warm, intimate, unembellished theatrework will have further productions/incarnations not too long in the future.

 

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