Tag Archives: Andrew Bovell

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – A COMPLEX OFFERING THAT BECAME ‘LANTANA’

Featured image: L-R: Simon Thomson, Elsa Cherlin, Dale William Morgan, Josie Waller

There’s much to interest the theatregoer in SPEAKING IN TONGUES by GradCo playing at the Chippen Street Theatre.  Not least of all is the award-winning script by Andrew Bovell.  SPEAKING IN TONGUES premiered at the SBW Stables in Griffin’s 1996 season and subsequently won the AWGIE for best play.  Adapted for the screen by Bovell, it became the multi AFI award winning hit film LANTANA.

 It begins in infidelity when, having met in a bar, two couples have decamped to somewhere seedy for a hook up. Peter with Sonja and Leon with Jane.   One couple will go through with it and one not but everyone returns to their spouse with consequences to ensue. Add to this a mystery when Jane sees her bloodied neighbour Nick throw away a woman’s shoe.  Also involved are a man Leon assaults, Neil, and his ex-girlfriend Sarah. There are 2 other characters who appear in the second act of the piece but all nine are played by 4 actors. Continue reading SPEAKING IN TONGUES – A COMPLEX OFFERING THAT BECAME ‘LANTANA’

Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

Golden Jam Presents Late Night Double Bill @ Old Fitz

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Mutual mastication of Steven Berkoff’s limber lines by four performers make a meal of LUNCH, part of a two course late night fare accompanied by Andrew Bovell’s LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE at The Old Fitzroy.

The prologue that lead to Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues and the subsequent celebrated film, Lantana, LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE is the evening’s appetizer and intertwines two scenes of betrayal and seduction.

Two couples, unbeknownst to each other, both alike in infidelity, each others partner out on the tear looking for rhythmic couplings, one partner finding the others, and vice versa, creates the interlocution that precedes intercourse. The doubt, the guilt, the frisson of the forbidden, the vice like grip of vice, explored in pungent, pacey jigsaw puzzle dialogue.

From Bovell to bovver boy Berkoff, the second course is a lithe and limber lewd show with all the pyrotechnic theatrical poetics the East End Bard has built his reputation on.

Lunch and lust are near neighbours in the lexicon, both are about appetite and hunger, and Berkoff playfully merges them into a ribald romp. There’s even a bit of audience participation but nothing to knot your knickers in anticipation.

Presented by new Indie outfit, Golden Jam, and directed by Sean O’Riordan, this double bill boasts a talented line up including recent Australian College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) graduates Natalie Freeman and Nicola James alongside Edric Hong and Yannick Lawry.

LIKE WHISKEY ON THE BREATH OF A DRUNK YOU LOVE and LUNCH sadly played the Old Fitz for too short a time, playing between the 21st and 25th July.

After Dinner @ The Wharf

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Anita Hegh and Rebecca Massey in Andrew Bovell’s AFTER DINNER.Pics Brett Boardman

This new  production of Andrew Bovell’s brilliant debut comedy AFTER DINNER makes a perfect fit  for the wonderful Sydney summer that we are having.

I strongly recommend a  visit to the Wharf, one of Sydney’s finest  theatre venues, enjoying a wine before the show and taking in the lovely view of Sydney harbour from the balcony, and then heading into the theatre to see five of Sydney’s finest thespians playing very well drawn characters and presenting a night at the theatre imbued with humour and pathos.

The time period is the nineteen eighties, the setting is the dining room of an RSL club. The play shifts action between two tables as they wait for the local band to fire up, which only takes place very late in the proceedings. Continue reading After Dinner @ The Wharf