There are only three potential kinds of scene, that hold together the structure of the plot of most plays, with fights, negotiations, seductions. Written with fire, and without the need for contrivance, POMOMA is a quickly paced and interesting journey of discovery of seven millennials, living in Manchester England.
The playwright was very mindful of audience when writing, fact versus fiction, and he has created a disturbing version of troubled life, of morals ignored but with a more singular story, all the better to ring true, easily articulating the small and important details of their lives, being fully brought to account.
This is .a fine Barking Gecko Theatre Company production, a stage adaptation by Don Giovannoni and director Luke Kerridge of the novella by Reinhardt Jung. It makes for great family entertainment.
Bambert is an impossibly small man with an enormous, insatiable love for writing. He was born with a growth condition which he had surgeries for which were unsuccessful. In the stage adaptation his character is played by a .puppet.
He spends his time inside, in his attic, writing and being with his characters. He also communicates with his downstairs neighbour Mr Bloom who runs a grocery store and is very supportive of his writing. A spiral staircase joins upstairs and downstairs.
Bambert sends his stories down to Mr Bloom by way of a very cute little lift, another conduit between the two of them. Mr Bloom retrieves them and then the stories are vividly enacted on stage.
Bambert gave instructions that whoever receives the stories has to write back to them so that he can work out how far his stories have travelled. It is here that Mr Bloom does a bit of sleight of hand, he has a .collection of stamps from around the world and he returns Bambert’s stories as if they have travelled the world.
Thankfully Bambert never discovered Mr Bloom’s deception though he almost does when he makes a surprise drop in visit on him. Mr Bloom quickly gets him back in the lift.
This was fanciful, whimsical theatre. Igor Sas gave a very warm, appealing performance as Mr Bloom. The puppetry work was excellent. Puppeteers and story characters were played by St John Cowcher, Nick Maclaine, Amanda McGregor and Alex Aldrich.
Jonathon Oxlade’s set and costumes were very effective. Oxlade’s set focused on Mr Bloom’s grocer shop, decked out with cans of food, soft drinks, an old radio and telephone, and what appeared to be a fish tank.
Recommended for kids of all ages, and a tribute to the power of stories to improve our world, We all long for stories which write themselves. You will have to see the show to understand what this means. BAMBERT’S BOOK OF LOST STORIES is playing the Studio theatre at the Sydney Opera House until Saturday 6th October 2018.
THE MAIDS By Jean Genet (translation by Bernard Frechtman) – Downstairs Belvoir – Glitterbomb in association with 25A Belvoir
When Genet invested the time in his creation of the plotting maids, he was investing more in the idea of a theatre of power and ceremony. There is the master slave relationship between the two maids and their mistress, Madame. The maids themselves are siblings, struggling with each other.
Tonight’s ceremony involves a sacrifice, as each character vies to play the queen and the willing victim. Roleplay forms the structure and devices of Carissa Licciardello’s The Maids. She is deliberate in her exploration of who holds the power in any relationship and how such power plays are exchanged and manipulated. Continue reading THE MAIDS: SIBLINGS STRUGGLE UNDER A WATCHFUL GAZE→
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