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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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JOSEPH K @ LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst

JOSEPH K is arrested on his thirtieth birthday, and ending on his 31st birthday, we experience the mediocrity of a dystopian government bureaucracy gone quite mad.

This JOSEPH K is a truely brilliant production with a perfect ensemble cast of ten actors, with many in unique multiple roles. Expertly directed by Sean O’Riordon, who is an actor’s director who understands all the nuances of performance. The well-chosen background music soundtrack, adds an extra level of depth to the JOSEPH K  theatre experience.          Continue reading JOSEPH K @ LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street Darlinghurst

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND MAKE BANK DOING IT at LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford

Bold and innovative theatre, brand new Australian play, meeting the denizens of Sydney suburbia set in a shopping centre. Interesting charity fundraising message drama, about the different methodology between Volunteers and Non-Volunteers (un)successfully collecting donations for charities, and their questionable motives with rejection avoidance their only concern, whilst being constantly economical with the truth. You are made to wonder what kind of multi-national corporate black hole is being used to make disappear every year, all of the combined millions of dollars of charity donations.                 Continue reading HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND MAKE BANK DOING IT at LIMELIGHT ROOM, Limelight on Oxford

DITCH BY BETH STEEL @ LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD

DITCH is Beth Steel’s brutal dystopian thought-provoking debut play from 2010, and now receives a splendid Australian Premiere at the boutique performance venue, Limelight on Oxford. Man-made climate apocalypse, gloom and doom as most of the United Kingdom is now underwater, together with the shear stupidity of an impending global nuclear annihilation.

This play is a stark and lucid reminder of the possibilities, caused by any of the world’s governments failing to prevent global warming. Bleak unpleasant future, London is long gone, and Manchester’s draconian government remains strong, and Manchester Security Services are constantly sending their able-bodied men to die in Venezuela.                      Continue reading DITCH BY BETH STEEL @ LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD

THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

Sydney premiere. Starting at night on Jennifer and Bob Jones’s front porch, in a small mountain town, they meet and greet their brand new neighbours Pony and John Jones, who are now renting the house next door. Will Emo has carefully crafted a unique slow-burning and quite wistful play about two unrelated married couples absurdly both named Jones, who are getting to know each other, via highly eccentric and memorable Q and A.

Marriages under substantial stress, due to the constantly erratic but eclectic behaviour of both husbands. Praiseworthy direction by Julie Baz, and she has chosen an impeccable ensemble cast at the height of their craft, with each actor delivering earnest character-driven performances.

The two husbands, Bob Jones (Jeff Houston) and John Jones (David Jeffrey) are both dying, however they are keeping the exact same secret, that will be fully revealed in the Second Act. Discomfort easily generating laughter, their ever evolving back story, grows exponentially as multiple truths revealed.

John Jones displays assertive behaviour whilst delivering comedy immortal one-liners, with effective wordplay that sends the story forward in the most interesting and very entertaining ways, intentionally limiting and setting and respecting relationship boundaries.                               Continue reading THE REALISTIC JONESES @ LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

THE THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN @ LIMELIGHT DOWNSTAIRS @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

Steven’s intimate hidden secrets are gradually revealed, in this delicious one act musical of under 80 minutes, with music and lyrics by Australian Composer/Lyricist Jye Bryant, a well paced new musical with wonderful lyrical harmonies performed by a great cast of four.

Steven is often missing with work-related excuses, and has four important people involved in his life; his Mother, his Father his Wife and his grinder Ex-Boyfriend.

These four characters, all share their most intimate details about their life with Steven, and the many many important things that they struggle to tell Steven, and have failed to tell Steven. There are many relationship damaging secrets, of course Steven also has his own secrets.
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TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Thank you BAYER for inventing the completely non-addictive drug HEROIN. TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY could never ever had existed without BAYER AG, the German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. From 1898 through to 1910, the German drug company BAYER marketed its “diamorphine” as an over-the-counter drug under its trademarked name HEROIN, advertised as a “non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant”.      Continue reading TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

FOOL FOR LOVE in the LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, DARLINGHURST

 

Superb and outstanding production team, delivers this scorching drama, with exceptional character-driven performances from the entire fantastic cast, as expertly directed by Julie Baz, with a clever and very effective minimalist set designed by David Jeffrey. Pulitzer prize nominated classic dark drama FOOL FOR LOVE was written by American playwright/actor Sam Shepard.

Dark emotions/secrets are hidden within the fluctuating intimate relationship of off-and-on-again lovers May and Eddie. They are still-passionate former lovers who have met again, in her motel room located deep in the American South-West on the edge of the Mojave Desert. Premiered 8th February 1983 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Sam Shepard was the playwright-in-residence.         Continue reading FOOL FOR LOVE in the LIMELIGHT ROOM @ Limelight on Oxford, DARLINGHURST

COMPANY @ Limelight On Oxford Street, DARLINGHURST

The conventional wisdom about musical theatre, is all about maintaining convention whilst applying no wisdom. COMPANY as performed at Limelight On Oxford, is an astonishing fresh take and very wisely is not conventional, easily finding a modern-day resonance, and fully delivering an amazing musical comedy feast with this clever revival. Director Julie Baz has applied her unique vision to make COMPANY the must see musical in Sydney this year. COMPANY won six Tony Awards and is a modern musical classic from 1970, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and Book by George Furth.               Continue reading COMPANY @ Limelight On Oxford Street, DARLINGHURST

GIVING UP THE GHOST @ LIMELIGHT ON OXFORD at 231 Oxford Street DARLINGHURST

 

World premiere of a delicious new Australian play, at a brand new Sydney Live Theatre venue. Vivid reinvention of a “classic trope”, GIVING UP THE GHOST delights again and again, providing an sublime and entertaining comedy take on life after death, but GIVING UP THE GHOST also has the underlying theme of euthanasia.

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