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EARTH AND SKY – MURDER, MYSTERY AND LOVE, THEATRE IN FILM NOIR STYLE

EARTH AND SKY, by Douglas Post, is a gripping and highly entertaining love story/murder mystery, very much in the film noir genre presented by Castle Hill Players. Yet again this company has excelled itself in its production. Here we are drawn into the gritty underlife of Chicago with its underbelly of murderous criminals, seedy bars and police with hats drawn low. It is a haunting mystery, infused with humour, intrigue and even the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

From the opening scenes, the play’s heroine, Sara McKeon, played with fresh enthusiasm and dogged determination by Kate Jirelle, is thrown into a confusing world of contradictions and danger. She confronts all odds with a certain naivety in her search for the truth surrounding the brutal murder of her lover David Ames, played by Jason Spindlow. Spindlow has a wonderfully seedy, sleezy look, he is an enigma – is he innocent or guilty?

Ben Freeman in strong in his role as the streetwise Detective H.S Weber and the almost bad-cop, good cop relationship works well with Blake Michael Paish  as his offsider Detective Al Kersnowski. These two seem more intent on linking David to a previous crime that solving his murder. Continue reading EARTH AND SKY – MURDER, MYSTERY AND LOVE, THEATRE IN FILM NOIR STYLE

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE : ANDREW BOVELL’S PLAY HONES IN ON SUBURBAN LIFE

 

Castle Hill Players have chosen well with Andrew Bovell’s powerful play ‘Things I Know To Be True’ beginning their 2021 season. The production was about to open last year before COVID -19 struck, so it is wonderful for audiences to see it finally make it to the stage.

Carol Wimmer skilfully directs this play which explores Australian working-class suburban life with humour, drama and a great attention to detail, in the context of the Price family. Every word in the script has meaning and moves us forward as each incident weaves the complexities of the family dynamics into an extraordinary family drama.     Continue reading THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE : ANDREW BOVELL’S PLAY HONES IN ON SUBURBAN LIFE

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: STORY OF AUSTRALIAN SUBURBIA TOUCHES

This image: Jacqui Wilson and Ben Freeman
Featured image: L-R Jacqui Wilson, Margaret Olive, Axel Smit, Marilyn Parsons, Michelle Masefield and Bob Parsons

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Lally Katz takes place in the year between Kevin Rudd’s election as Australian Prime Minister and Barack Obama’s as US President. It is based around the development of an unlikely friendship between Ana, a battle hardened Hungarian immigrant, and Catherine, an out of work actor waiting for a better world.

Ana, played with great energy and enthusiasm by Margaret Olive, is a scratchy old woman stuck in her past, bitter about her experiences and often refusing to see the good in people. She meets her neighbour Catherine, played elegantly and with feeling by Jacqui Wilson, who is also stuck in her past as she cannot let go of her ex-boyfriend. Continue reading NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: STORY OF AUSTRALIAN SUBURBIA TOUCHES

CASTLE HILL PLAYERS PRESENT A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES

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Inset pic- Ben Freeman and Annette van Roden. Featured pic- Mary Clarke, Annette Snars and Annette van Roden.

For a fun night of madness & mayhem Castle Hill Players A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES is just the thing. Written by John Stanley in 1973 the director Meredith Jacobs has filled the stage with a collection of crazy characters that keep the audience entertained and laughing to the very end.

The central character is Myra Marlowe, a television actress fed up with the demands and pressures of her career, who leases a cottage in the tiny hamlet of Beaver Haven in order to escape Hollywood and write her autobiography. The role requires an actor who can carry the entire show on her shoulders and Annette van Roden does just that. She is wonderfully cast and very believable in her role. Continue reading CASTLE HILL PLAYERS PRESENT A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES