Tag Archives: David Woodland

ASYLUM: PERSONAL RESPONSES/ POLITICAL POWER

ASYLUM is ‘big picture’ theatrical thinking.

Use the word refugees at an end of year office party and you may well have a host intervene to warn you off. “No politics, it’s Christmas!” Stick to something safer.  Family perhaps?  Some people fail to see the danger in the domestic. Continue reading ASYLUM: PERSONAL RESPONSES/ POLITICAL POWER

Being Norwegian @ The Old Fitzroy Theatre

Katy Curtain as Lisa
Inset pic- Actress Katy Curtain. Featured pic- David Woodland as Sean and Katy Curtain as Lisa in ‘Being Norwegian . Pic by Pollyanna Nowicki

Why haul yourself out in the middle of Winter for a 9.30pm show that only runs 30 minutes? Because it’s fun! That why. You’ve done sillier things for entertainment so make a night of it and head to Brevity Theatre Company’s current production, BEING NORWEGIAN, at the Old  Fitzroy theatre.

In this late night offering, security guard Sean finds himself alone with the young and vibrant Lisa in his new, as yet unpacked , flat. He is unsure, twitchy and nervous and she is flighty, sexually aggressive and …well… Norwegian. Perhaps he is latently Norwegian too. I certainly felt distinctly Nordic by the time I left the theatre. Continue reading Being Norwegian @ The Old Fitzroy Theatre

When The Rain Stops Falling @ The New

Rain 10
Production photos by Bob Seary

I loved this show. One of my favourites this year so far, in fact. But there is a secret to enjoying it. Luckily I had a crony with me who had seen it earlier in the week and he let me in on the trick just as I will clue you in. It’s a brilliant script but you have to buy into the story, the characters and the style… immediately. From the first umbrella ballet to when the rain stops falling. Do this and you will take it away with you. Myself, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

The story revolves around a series of characters who are obviously from different time periods and who must be somehow connected to Gabriel York who we meet in the first monologue. Gabriel left his wife and son many years ago. “The boy had a better chance without me.” He has just been contacted by Andrew who wants answers from his abandoning father. Continue reading When The Rain Stops Falling @ The New

Wolf Lullaby

Peter McAllum as Sgt Armstrong interrogates disturbed teenager Lizzie charged with murder in Hilary Bell’s WOLF LULLABY. Pic Bob Seary

WOLF LULLABY by Hillary Bell considers the themes of parental guilt and responsibility and the nature of evil in children.

In this powerful and emotional play there are no winners, just hard choices each with its own dire consequences.

The play opens in a small Tasmanian country town where nine year old Lizzie’s parents, Warren and Angela, are preparing Christmas celebrations. Lizzie is arrested for shoplifting, later a little child is murdered and suspicion falls on her. Continue reading Wolf Lullaby

HEAVEN HELP US

Heaven Help Us2
Pic Sirmai Arts Marketing

Forget the lock outs and the last drinks policy plaguing Kings Cross pubs and focus on the comedy that’s on offer at the Kings Cross Hotel’s level 4 Bordello Theatre.

HEAVEN HELP US is a cheeky cherubic chutzpah of a play that pits the pit dweller Lucifer against God Almighty over the soul of a lawyer called Allcock.

Apparently, after the success of the Resurrection, God and his son took off for a little celebratory R&R. For two thousand years they’ve been painting the planet red, though I doubt they spent any time hanging round The Cross. Like Scott and Zelda’s wild New Year’s Eve parties, they’ve only just got back to find that Earth has gone to hell in a hand job.

God wants to smite but Archangel Michael, recent recipient of a gender reassignment and calling herself Michaela, pleas with the Big Cheese to allow her to fall to earth on a mission of redemption to tease the philanthropist out of the philanderer, the aptly named Allcock.

Writer Keith Bosler has scripted a light, tight and clever play with a number of zinger lines, battle of the sexes truisms, and a liberal dose of cultural iconoclasm- although I detected a confusion between the Virgin Birth and The Immaculate Conception. A canon quibble.

Bosler directs an energetic and focused cast who work as well-oiled ensemble.

Orleena Steel-Prior as Michaela presents a neo Raphaelite angelical quality, possessed of a flinty feminism but coated with caring and nurturing.

Lyn Pierse is an exuberant and effervescent God somewhat exasperated by his creations, both terrestrial and extra, but benevolent and forgiving, as I’m sure, HE, SHE or IT would be.

David Woodland exudes a sleazy charm as the prince of pandemonium, black leather clad and hairy chested hubris, a slinking, strutting Satan who marvels in mischief. There’s a nice detail in his devil.

As his hellish hench wench, Naamah, Emma Galliano oozes the sultry succubus style the role demands.

Tai Scrivener tackles the louche lawyer, Allcock with alpha male swagger and tectonic testosterone shifts between heart and hard-on, the archetypal pants man whose sense of masculinity has his penis by the balls.

Rounding out the cast is Nick Radinoff as Jarrod, protégé of Allcock but complicit in his manipulation by the Triple Sixer.

This Global Gherkin Production is a fun Fatwa free frolic that restores faith in pub theatre.

HEAVEN HELP US is playing the Bordello Theatre, Level 4, Kings Cross Hotel- Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm until the 29th March.

WITTENBERG

Lana Kershaw as the Eternal Feminine and Alexander Butt as Hamlet in WITTENBERG. Pic Katy Green Loughrey
Lana Kershaw as the Eternal Feminine and Alexander Butt as Hamlet in WITTENBERG.
Pic Katy Green Loughrey

This production of David Davalos’s WITTENBERG is a fast-paced, witty triumph of a play in which the views of an unformed young Hamlet (Alexander Butt) are bounced around between the worldly John Faustus (David Woodland) and the earnest Martin Luther (Nick Curnow). No surprise then that Hamlet spends much of the play in his tennis togs and in one high-energy scene imaginary tennis balls are volleyed at him thick and fast.

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