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YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE: A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A GENERATION OF ARTISTS.

The Lewers Bequest provides the setting and inspiration for YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE

YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE from Q Theatre has now completed over half its run and I was late to the party.  An unforgiveable breach of etiquette and a missed opportunity to tell you about this wonderful show.  It is a superb rendering of the 1950s in thought and deed as we see Australian society beginning the change that will hit full force in a decade or so.  It is set in 1954, before hippies and second wave feminism, but the seeds of change for women, immigrants and especially artists, are blowing in from dirty brown Nepean River that runs past the Lewer’s kitchen.

The production has been inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.  The Lewers, Margo, a painter, and Gerald, a sculptor, were part of the Australian Modernism art movement and they were famous for their parties.  This production sees the “help” in the kitchen of the home that “Mrs L” bequeathed to the public.  They are busy with party preparations and serving the guests. Iris is a girl torn between career and settlement with the heart of an artist and Leo, is a post-war Hungarian immigrant with a melancholy of memories which surface without notice. Continue reading YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE: A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A GENERATION OF ARTISTS.

LOST BOYS – A PRODUCTION FOR REMEMBERING

Production photography: Zak Kaczmarek

80, the program says 80.  “Why the hell hasn’t it come out… there must be people out there, like Tracy, who know.”  At a very civilised breakfast overlooking the lighthouse on the beach in Wollongong, my friend was getting really worked up, unusual given how much theatre she sees.  We had been to LOST BOYS the night before, it’s playing at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, and we were haunted by the physical beauty of the show and somewhat disoriented by the pervasive whiff of a slightly paranoid, hunted feeling.

Gay people were chased, beaten and killed by teenage gangs in Sydney beachside suburbs from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s and LOST BOYS, from writer Lachlan Philpott, has crash tackled and wrestled the issue into the limelight.  Though there have been other TV and theatre around the topic, LOST BOYS puts the perpetrators front and centre with a chilling normalcy. Continue reading LOST BOYS – A PRODUCTION FOR REMEMBERING