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Sometimes it’s so nice to just sit in an intimate theatre to feel a show rather than just watch and hear. BIG CROW is certainly intimate. You are close to the cast, almost stepping over a dying boy as you enter. And it’s a narrow story with characters who are in a situation of their own devising.

Tommy and Albie accepted a spur of the minute trip from London to Australia. A big move for the 1930’s but any promise of the good life has been sucked out of the boys by Roy, a farmer who talked them into working for him in the middle of nowhere and has treated them very badly. They decide on revenge and attack Roy bent on killing him. Roy appears not to have treated anyone of his acquaintance well. His wife and daughter happen upon the scene and are content to watch rather than intervene. Continue reading MARK LANGHAM’S ‘BIG CROW’ @ ACTORS PULSE THEATRE REDFERN


Mark Langham’s new play BIG CROW flies into the intimate Actors Pulse Theatre next Tuesday night for a short season.

Langham’s play, loosely based on a true story, is set in the early 1930’s and sees two young Londoners ground down by poverty, Tommy and Albie, being offered a spur of the moment trip to Australia.

No sooner had they landed that they are taken to work as virtual slaves on a huge station, completely at the mercy of the station owner Roy, a man who’s life has been a stream of disappointments.

Tommy is a weasel; swift, cunning and potentially fatal. Albie could crush you with his kindness, but only if Tommy told him to… and their desperation has led them to a decision – they’re going to kill Roy. Roy’s wife and daughter disturb the murder but are far more interested in watching than saving him. The murder is put on hold and a dialogue begins. Continue reading MARK LANGHAM’S ‘BIG CROW’ @ ACTOR’S PULSE THEATRE, REDFERN

Boys’ Life

Ellen Harvey as Lisa and Charles Alexander as Don

BOYS’ LIFE by American playwright Howard Korder scrutinizes in short scenes many conflicting issues and confidence levels present for both men and women as they mature. It traces trajectories of experience in relationships for three long-term friends named Jack, Phil and Don. This Pulitzer Prize nominated piece dangles questions concerning the validity of traditional attitudes, rites of passage and the concept of the man-child.

This is the first production for a new Sydney theatrical identity, Wolfspider Productions. It is an appropriate choice for the collective of young artists, which aims to provide a platform for emerging young actors and production teams. The freshness and directness required in Korder’s play about twenty-somethings are essentially captured with success here. The series of interactions between believable, well-cast characters have been given suitable forward momentum and atmosphere by first-time director Barry Walsh. Continue reading Boys’ Life