Director Peter Evans has set this latest HAMLET in the 1960’s . The only indicators that it is the 1960’s are the clothes, large ‘space age’ lamps, a cocktail serving tray and a shag carpet.
I don’t know why Evans has set the play in the 1960’s because as I recall that decade, it was a great period of hope and optimism.. I. could not detect any of these qualities in this production. Quite the opposite.
THE GIRL/THE WOMAN playing at Riverside Theatres is an eclectic mixture of theatrical styles – words, movement, drama, pathos, laugh out loud humour and comic antics.
This exciting and absorbing production, written by Aanisa Vylet, who is also one of the actors, has been in development for 12 years. THE GIRL l has been previously staged and THE WOMAN, who is the girl’s mother, added as a companion piece helping fill out some of the background of the girl’s story. These stories are sometimes separate and sometimes weave and cross over. The play concentrates on the story of the girl played by Aanisa Vylet but the mother, played by Nisrine Amine, is integral to the success of the piece as they negotiate changing times and expectations. Continue reading THE GIRL/THE WOMAN: BELIEF IN A BETTER LIFE→
Twelve years in the making, wild and funny until it’s not, THE GIRL/THE WOMAN, is an exhilarating two-woman collision of body and mind, desire and tradition, language and visionary theatricality.
The Girl trips over her sexuality and lands on her mother's traditions. She turns to her best friend and enabler - the Internet. Her mother, The Woman, meanwhile, hates to leave the house - a tiring but familiar refuge from an ever-changing outside world. She spends her days listening to Al Jazeera. She left Lebanon for a reason but was this really the new life she imagined for herself?
THE GIRL/THE WOMAN is playing at Riverside Theatres from Thursday 28th June and Sydney Arts Guide had a chance to interview the playwright, Aanisa Vylet ahead of the opening.
SAG: Thank you for speaking with our readers. Your work, THE GIRL/THE WOMAN is coming to Riverside Theatres. THE GIRL is a work that has been seen and applauded previously. THE WOMAN is new. What made you want to produce them side by side?