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JESS AND JOE FOREVER – SOUL SOOTHING THEATRE

Production images: Kate Williams

As they watch for us to enter there’s an electricity between the two figures eagerly waiting in the sand by the swings as the sea swells quietly in the background.  Jess and Joe are ready.  They have rehearsed their presentation, have worked hard on what they will show us and “in this moment” they will share a beautiful, soul-soothing story to lift the spirits of anyone who is there.  JESS AND JOE FOREVER by Zoe Cooper is a sand gem of a production which shines and glimmers in the tuck of the basement at Belvoir Street Theatre.

Jess and Joe have a burning desire to tell their story.  Of how they met at approximately 9 ¾ and where their tween love takes them.  She has an au pair and a holiday home in Italy, he is a bit of a battler on his Dad’s farm.  She is a bit tubby and he is physically shy, too.  He is practical and she poetic; she chats and he reacts.  For our benefit they will act out how they met, became friends, and the individual tales that happened away from each other that made their time together so important. Continue reading JESS AND JOE FOREVER – SOUL SOOTHING THEATRE

JESS AND JOE FOREVER. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THIS AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE.

Director of JESS AND JOE FOREVER, Shaun Rennie with Ally Moon, Nyx Calder and Julia Robertson

Sugary Rum Productions is about to present the Australian Premiere of JESS AND JOE FOREVER as part of 25a at Belvoir Downstairs.

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred and wears wellies. Jess holidays there with her au pair and likes to sneak Spam behind the bus stop. This is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), boys, girls, secrets, and maybe even love, but most of all, it’s about friendship. Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere.

The Guide had the chance to speak with director Shaun Rennie as his cast and crew head into bump-in and production week.

SAG:          Very excited to see this play … so it’s country boy meets city girl? How does this story unfold?
SHAUN:    Why I love this play is because it sets up binaries.  It sets up storytelling tropes that we all know: boy meets girl; country kid meets city kid; rich kid-poor kid.  Jess and Joe both meet each over a series of summers in Norfolk where Jess is on her holidays and Joe lives there full time. So they develop this friendship over the course of their ‘tweens’, their adolescence essentially.

Continue reading JESS AND JOE FOREVER. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THIS AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE.

TUESDAY. OPENING BELVOIR’S 25A 2019 SEASON.

A new production of Louris van de Geer’s play TUESDAY explores the origins of violence in a consumer-driven modern society.  TUESDAY is an intricate satire of social alienation, unravelling in a suburban supermarket. It follows both the thoughts and actions of four individuals, culminating in a shocking act of violence.

Equal parts David Attenborough documentary on suburbia and a darkly funny Cohen Brothers film; van de Geer’s dry humour explores the nature of violence as well as the flawed nature of our commodified communities.

Duncan Fellows (The Letdown), Frances Duca (Ali’s Wedding), Tom Anson Mesker (Belvoir’s A Taste of Honey) and recent NIDA graduate Bridie McKim will play four people whose lives are brought together in a supermarket.

Director Nell Ranney says “We all know what’s it’s like to do the grocery shopping without ever making eye contact with the people walking up and down the aisles alongside you. It’s the perfect setting to ask what’s going on in the heads of our neighbours.

TUESDAY touches on some dark themes, including anxiety, social alienation, depression and violence against women in ways we’ve rarely seen before.  It explores mundanity and darkness in funny and surprising ways.

TUESDAY runs from 6 – 23 February at Belvoir St Theatre’s Downstairs Theatre, as part of 25A. Presented in association with Sign of the Acorn. [Facebook]

THEY DIVIDED THE SKY: A SCHISM OF LOVE AND POLITICS

 

Production images: Patrick Boland

Yes, THEY DIVIDED THE SKY certainly re-woke the peasant in me.  And the lover and the historian and the right brain thinker who, over 70 minutes, collided full force with the old time believer.  It is a story for a modern age which immerses the present in the past with a face splash of what might have been.  What might be still if love, and politics, were not so transient.  Playing at Belvoir Downstairs as part of their 25A programming, this interpretation of  East German writer Christa Wolf’s revered and excoriated novel begins with laughter.

We meet Rita and Manfred at the beginning of their relationship.  She is girly and flirty and he is tongue tied and eager.  We will see their relationship grow as she takes up the Socialist call to teach and he remains rooted in the non-partisan world of science.  Even living in an attic in his parents’ house doesn’t alter the chemistry between them but circumstances will change in a moment as the wall goes up between East and West and the political chill sets in. Continue reading THEY DIVIDED THE SKY: A SCHISM OF LOVE AND POLITICS