TUESDAY is funny, wry and insightful. Its astute observations of four slightly malfunctioning characters make this a worthwhile reason to visit Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre.
There are four characters delivering a series of brief monologues. They reveal their thoughts and make observations about their lives and occurrences on this reasonably mundane Tuesday. All the characters have a fascinating discord between their view of themselves and their actual behaviours that they reveal as they go about their day. It is the classic inconsistency between the view from within and the view from without and it is brilliantly observed by playwright Louris van de Geer. Continue reading TUESDAY : FUNNY, WRY AND INSIGHTFUL→
Currently playing at Belvoir Street Theatre AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (SAG Review) has struck a chord with audiences. Ibsen’s 1882 masterpiece shocks and surprises in a timely new version by Melissa Reeves, with the superb Kate Mulvany as the insider who finds herself out in the cold.
Katherine Stockman lives in a tight-knit community – she’s woven into the fabric. One day she makes a disturbing discovery: the spa water for which the town is famed is toxic. The community has been built on poison, and the truth must be told. But to her horror, people refuse to believe there’s a problem. What does she do? Does she fight for the truth if it means the loss of income, family, community, identity?
With thanks to Belvoir, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway to the performance on either October 25, 26 or 30.
To be in the running to win a double pass , email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with IBSEN as the subject, along with your full name AND the
date you would like to attend.
Competition closes Midnight Monday October 22, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.
Belvoir is set to continue its commitment to new Australian writing with the world premiere season of THE SUGAR HOUSE, by critically-acclaimed playwright, Alana Valentine from 5th May to 3rd June.
Starring the inimitable Kris McQuade (TV’s Wentworth, Rosehaven and Belvoir’s Cloudstreet) alongside Sheridan Harbridge (The Dog, The Cat), Sacha Horler (The ABC’s Sando), Lex Marinos, Josh McConville and Nikki Shiels (The Rover), The Sugar House is directed by MTC Associate Director Sarah Goodes (MTC’s Helpmann Award nominated John and Belvoir’s The Sweetest Thing). Continue reading THE SUGAR HOUSE : A PLAY EVERY SYDNEY-SIDER SHOULD SEE→
For many years now Belvoir Street Theatre has been in the forefront of championing diversity in theatrical performance. In particular, it has been the case with indigenous performers and playwrights, culminating in the multi-award winning The Drover’s Wife written by and starring Leah Purcell.
Perhaps to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year Belvoir has cast its gaze towards Asian stories and performance in a major way. The play is SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE a full-length work written by Michelle Law, and starring three fellow Asian protagonists.
A half lit, twilight world of smoke, seagull squawk, dried leaves and garbage bags, the audience is bidden to a modern day midden by set designer Kat Chan. This is the habitat of Christie, a woman top of the heap in the garbage tip of human refuse.
Destitute, disenfranchised, derelict, Christie is made “feel like a criminal” because of her poverty and homelessness. Vulnerable and vilified, she is a victim, somewhat of her own making, but ignominiously ignored by the system and the community at large.
For most, the word ‘mother’ conjures comfort and affection, but in Daniel Keene’s play, MOTHER, the character, Christie, conjures discomfit and affliction. Continue reading MOTHER: THE PRIDE STRIPPED BARE.→
By chance, my companion to the show last night was friend and Indigenous educator, Natalie. Larrakia woman, Saltwater woman. Which was handy because myself, 6 generations here, and the British woman and the Nigerian woman in front of us needed some help during the pop quiz! Yep, there’s a few audience tests in MY NAME IS JIMI! House lights up and a chance to enjoy the reactions of the people near me. It’s just part of a gift from the Bani Family to me and I accept with open heart and joy in the receiving. After experiencing this brilliant theatrical event how could I not? Continue reading MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE→
Quite a bit of Sydney theatre is basically elegant pap. Or noisy chaotic pap presented as high drama. Or where actor and director are in an embrace of mutual congratulation and admiration, the audience almost irrelevant….mere observers.
During October and November, The Actors College Of Theatre and Television (ACTT) is presenting six unique student productions, to elegantly showcase the talents of its graduating Advanced Diploma acting students.
Currently playing, and the second in time, is American playwright Katie Cappiello’s SLUT THE PLAY. Cappiello’s play premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2013, produced by The Arts Effects Theatre Company.
Maeliosa Stafford expertly directs ten actresses playing eleven roles. Student productions always makes it so much easier to fulfill large cast requirements.
During October and November, The Actors College Of Theatre and Television (ACTT) is presenting six unique student productions, to elegantly showcase the talents of their graduating Advanced Diploma acting students.
Their first production in time, American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISACRIOT, has already taken place. JUDAS, expertly directed by John O’Hare, played the Belvoir Street Theatre between the 6th and 10th October
It is in two parts: one written by Brendan Cowell (Dog Part) and the other by Lally Katz (Cat Part)
They are both prominent in Australian theatre. Cowell lives in downtown Newtown and Katz is one of Melbourne’s great comedic playwrights. She is also a great actress, though she doesn’t appear in her play.