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If you are looking for a meaty play hat you can really get into then make your way across to Chippendale’s Chippen Street Theatre.

At the heart of this play is human beings great difficulty in dealing with vast, weeping change An aristocratic family struggles to deal with the realisation that their best times are past and that the beloved estate, including the cherished cherry orchard, has to be sold.

The young people are the best people to cope with the sweeping changes. Student Peter Trofimov, with his fierce intellec,t is best positioned to deal with changes but his opinions are largely ignored by the family.

Victor Kalka’s production is a  good one with lost of modern touches including the use of popular songs to complement the action. The play  features Martin Bell, Garreth Cruikshank, Dominique de Marco, Zacharie di Ferdinando, Benjamin Tarlinton, Suzann James, Craig James, Laurel McGowan, Alannah Robertson, Martin Quinn, Caitlin Williams, and Harley Wilson.

Kalka’s creative team of costume designer Jake Parker and sound designer Ryan Devlin do well.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD features one of the saddest endings in all of drama. Everyone has reluctantly left the estate. Into the living enters the family long standing servant Firs who realises that he has been forgotten. With no means to leave the estate he will stay there till he dies.

As Firs fate is sealed we hear  the inexorable sounds of the  chopping down of the cherry orchard.

Recommended, Virginia Plain’s  production of  THE CHERRY ORCHARD  is playing until Saturday 15th June 2019 at the  Chippen Street Theatre   located at 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale, NSW. 




Production photography by Clare Hawley


Production Images: Jasmin Simmons

PRAMKICKER is a small, modestly created show but, as one might guess from the title, it is a far from delicate offering.  From the first hilariously strategically placed f word to the final heartbreaking sequences this a mighty production which kicks it out of the park, pramwise.

For, Jude has actually kicked a pram and followed it up with worse. Her fuck laden speech to a group of similar misfits places her squarely in a room being punished for this and ancillary misdemeanours: like, being childless by choice.  Accompanied by her sister Sue, we will get to understand their lives, their relationships and will experience two women we rarely see represented on stages without their being burdened by tropes and stereotypes.  It’s a joyful rendering. Continue reading PRAMKICKER: KICKIN’ IT THEATRE FROM VOX TC


‘Art for Art’s Sake’ by Sage Godrei

ART FOR ART’S SAKE examines the role of art and performance in the world, a fitting subject for a Sydney Fringe production. This short play shows glimpses of an artist’s life. The scenes of a film school class, dealing with galleries and working in a mundane job are amusing and insightful. There is an interesting narrative about a father advising his artistic daughter not to waste her life like he did pursuing an artistic dream. He suggests she should be like her brother and follow him in the corporate world. Continue reading ART FOR ART’S SAKE