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THE POOR KITCHEN @ LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS, Limelight on Oxford

The audience’s first glimpse of THE POOR KITCHEN is the fully-detailed immaculate set, giving the immediate ambiance of a rustic farmyard kitchen. Fully able to suspend disbelief, these huge characters are Italian, on a organic Olive Grove farm making the best possible bitter olive oil. Wonderful ensemble cast, and also in vivid flashbacks the cast provide insights about ELLE’s grandmother and grandfather ROBERTO plus her father ALDO and his sister SOPHIA.

By selecting the perfect cast, director Julie Baz has easily captured the exuberance and vitality of each character, nurturing and developing the delicious performances delivered by all. Playwright Daniela Giorgi has carefully crafted the memorable narrative, and the present-day adult characters, plus the past events are all strongly structured to entertain.

Leading lady ELLE suddenly inherits from her Aunt SOPHIA the family farmstead in Italy, decides to sell, to be cashed-up solely to finally gain entry into the Sydney property market.

Comedy one liners, a huge political history lesson about the leader of the Italian National Fascist Party, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (Former Prime Minister of Italy). Family matters with feuds lasting decades, the required essence of personal intrigues, and dramatic parochial secrets hidden but lightly telegraphed to increase audience expectations. Shyster lawyer with his own undisclosed agenda, with thieves stealing Elle’s hire car.

Insightful political commentary with the opportunity to learn about refugee migration to Italy, versus our stop-the-boats. Living to grow your own food, versus working to buy your food. Pro-organic versus anti-pesticide. An interesting multiple message play, and yes an entertaining evening of live theatre, with a delightful unexpected ending.

Running time 100 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

PATINA PRODUCTIONS presents THE POOR KITCHEN by Daniela Giorgi. Originally presented during February 2016 in Newtown as part of Old 505 Theatre’s February 2016 Fresh Works Program.

Directed by Julie Baz

Designer David Jeffrey

STARRING

Amy Victoria Brooks – ELLE/SOFIA

Taylor Buoro – ANNA

David Jeffrey – VITTORIO/ALDO

Wendi Lanham – GUILIA

Myles Waddell – CARLO/ROBERTO

LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS, Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (near Taylor Square)
Two week season from Wednesday 8th May 2019 until Saturday 26th May 2019 – 8.15pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat plus 5:15pm Sundays 12th – 19th – 26th May 2019.
Duration of under 100 minutes, including the 15 minute interval.
Images by Clare Hawley.

Patina Productions curates, develops and supports the plays and musicals presented in the LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS @ Limelight on Oxford. They collaborate with both emerging and seasoned indie creatives who demonstrate the commitment, capacity and enthusiasm required to stage world class indie shows.

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And Now To Bed @ The Kings Cross Hotel

Inset Pic- Richard Cornally and  Eleanor Stankiewicz. Featured Pic- Richard Cornally and Shauntelle Benjamin. Pics Zorica Purlija
Inset Pic- Richard Cornally and Eleanor Stankiewicz. Featured Pic- Richard Cornally and Shauntelle Benjamin. Pics Zorica Purlija

AND NOW TO BED is the third in the Table Talk Trilogy commissioned and produced by one of Sydney’s most enduring and entertaining theatre companies, Subtlenuance.

Director Paul Gilchrist chose seven actors and paired them each with a writer. The writer then took a story from the actor’s personal experience and crafted it into a theatrical tale. The only brief given was to explore the concept of sexuality.

That done, Gilchrist curated the individual stories into a cohesive show, giving it theatrical shape and form.

As the great writer, Raymond Carver said, you have to know what you’re doing when you turn your life’s stories into fiction. You have to be immensely daring, very skilled and imaginative and willing to tell. Continue reading And Now To Bed @ The Kings Cross Hotel

FRIDAY

Gertraud Ingeborg  is one of the stars of FRIDAY. Pic Katy Green Loughrey
Gertraud Ingeborg is one of the stars of FRIDAY. Pic Katy Green Loughrey

Peter Hayes’ character, the Minister for Transport, admits in an early scene that his little rant about, err, whatever it was, came straight from Hansard and this play at the Old Fitzroy Theatre certainly rings true. It is sometimes funny and moves along at a pace. Unfortunately, especially at this point in time, politics are so boring and, in my humble opinion, a bomb threat or actual ghosts were needed to make this piece truly exciting. There were three ”Heh”s, and one “Ha.” But only one big laugh from the audience all night! I also didn’t see the need for the Prologue or Epilogue. Sometimes I feel you need to trust the audience to “get it”!

I love the space at the Old Fitz. It’s intimate and steeply raked, making audiences feel very close to the action. I liked the set design, especially the elevator effect.

If an actor’s focus is on remembering his lines, he’ll probably forget them – and he may as well.  But with that momentary glitch out of the way, the rest of the performances went swimmingly with characters coming and going through this ‘fishbowl’ expose of life in the corridors of power. There were obviously going to be stand outs in a cast of thirteen and the wealth of experience that director, Julie Baz has managed to assemble for this witty and often truthful presentation.

Worth mentioning are Peter Hayes as the Minister for Transport, Gertraud Ingeborg as the Premier and a cleaner (I always like it when you have to check the program to be sure!), David Ritchie as the Leader of the Opposition, a Journalist and Public, (although on Friday night something strange happened with his vocal character trait as the Journo!?) and Adrian Barnes’ rich characterisation of Mr Edgerton providing welcome colour. As I said, experience will out!

All in all it’s worth a look; if only as a reflection of the current political circus.

A Sydney Independent Theatre Company production directed by Julie Baz, Daniela Giorgi’s FRIDAY is playing at the Old Fitzroy Theatre until Saturday August 31, 2013.