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TUESDAY : FUNNY, WRY AND INSIGHTFUL

 

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

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE: GIVEAWAY

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?

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE is currently playing at Belvoir Street Theatre [Facebook] until November 4.

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 (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 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.

THE SUGAR HOUSE : A PLAY EVERY SYDNEY-SIDER SHOULD SEE

Kris McQuade as June MacReadie. Photo Daniel Boud.

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

SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

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. 

The story tells of Pearl, the almost stereotypical Chinese ‘tiger’ mother who runs a Chinese restaurant, the Golden Phoenix, trying to juggle the business and family as a divorcee. Continue reading SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

MOTHER: THE PRIDE STRIPPED BARE.

Noni Hazlehurst in MOTHER. Photo above : Brett Boardman.

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.

MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE

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Photos: Daniel Boud

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

ANGELA BETZIAN’S MORTIDO @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

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Inset pic-Tom Conroy and Colin Friels. Featured pic- Tom Conroy and David Valencia in Angela Betzian’s MORTIDO currently playing upstairs at Belvoir Street theatre. Production photography by Brett Boardman.

We saw this play the other night.

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.

One often goes to the theatre like a prospector hoping that at the end of the day there, at the bottom of the pan will be a speck or two of gold or even a nugget. Continue reading ANGELA BETZIAN’S MORTIDO @ BELVOIR STREET THEATRE

ACTT PRESENTS SLUT THE PLAY DOWNSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

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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.

We see Cappiello’s world through the eyes of a  group of  New York City teenage girls. The production zooms along for 110 minutes with one interval. Continue reading ACTT PRESENTS SLUT THE PLAY DOWNSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISACRIOT @ BELVOIR STREET, DOWNSTAIRS

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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

Giurgis’ play goes back some time. The play debuted Off-Broadway in 2005 directed by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and had its first West End production was in 2008.  Continue reading THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISACRIOT @ BELVOIR STREET, DOWNSTAIRS

The Dog/The Cat @ Belvoir Street Downstairs

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Production photography by Brett Boardman

This is a comic play and it is excellent.

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.

The play has  three actors and the performance by the two men, Xavier Samuel and Benedict Hardie, deserve the highest superlatives. Andrea Demetriades is also darn good.     Continue reading The Dog/The Cat @ Belvoir Street Downstairs

The Glass Menagerie at Belvoir

Rose Riley and  Harry Greenwood in THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Pic Brett Boardman
Rose Riley and Harry Greenwood in THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Pic Brett Boardman

For any student with a passion for drama, be it for the stage or for the screen, Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE makes for highly recommended viewing.

Great drama is about deep connection and this is what one gets with this play Williams wrote in the key of sorrow as he looks back on his life growing up in his struggling Southern family.

First performed in Chicago in 1944, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is the play that established Williams brilliant career.

Continue reading The Glass Menagerie at Belvoir