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Romney Stanton in SCARECROW

SCARECROW is a terrific choice for presenting at the  Sydney Fringe and for producing at Blood Moon Theatre.  Written by prolific American playwright Don Nigro, it is textually designed to be bare, claustrophobic, with the focus on character and relationships.  As directed by Naomi Livingstone and Deborah Jones, this offering is bespoke to the tiny stage and has a brilliant performance at its heart.

We meet Rose and her daughter Cally.  Never going out and probably feigning her illness, Rose has always had Cally to herself in the tiny house on the edge of a cornfield but the daughter is ripe for manipulation and sexual predation.  Enter Nick.  Shadowy and experienced in influencing pliable, inexperienced, naive young women, his agenda apparently reaches beyond just sex with the eager Cally, past the field’s scarecrow into the house itself. Continue reading SCARECROW: BESPOKE THEATRICALITY CREEPS AT BLOOD MOON THEATRE


This image: Gemma Scoble in SCARECROW
Featured image: Blake Wells in SCARECROW

SCARECROW by Don Nigro.    A lonely girl lives with her eccentric mother in an old farmhouse on the edge of a cornfield. She meets a strange man under a tree by the creek and is led into a web of lust and betrayal. Scarecrows are supposed to frighten crows, but the scarecrow in this cornfield is something more…

Directed by Deborah Jones with Assistant Director Naomi Livingstone.  With Gemma Scoble, Romney Stanton and Blake Wells.

SCARECROW [Facebook Event] from Dead Fly Productions will play Blood Moon Theatre 25-29 September as part of the Sydney Fringe.

With thanks to Dead Fly Productions, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass give-away to SCARECROW by Don Nigro.  The pass is valid for the show on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm.

To be in the running to win a double pass to SCARECROW, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with SCARECROW as the subject, along with your full name and email address.

Competition closes MIDNIGHT Sunday 16th September, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.


STALKING THE BOGEYMAN – Production images by John Marmaras

STALKING THE BOGEYMAN is certainly a play of stealth. It sneaks up on you, more shock than awe, to insinuate itself in a creepy, thought provoking, emotionally exhausting way that had my friends arguing loudly over our after-matinee dinner.  Would you or wouldn’t you, did you believe him, all sorts of questions flying.  Helmed by a terrific performance, this show is a conception which will furtively stalk you for days after. Continue reading STALKING THE BOGEYMAN – A WITNESS STEALTHILY CRAFTED

THE WOMEN by Clare Booth Luce @ New Theatre

The Women- second

A witty, quite acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites, Clare Boothe Luce’s comedy of manners, THE WOMEN, has just opened at the New Theatre.

This piece was written in 1936 and presents an extremely conservative view of women’s lives and loves. It remains, however, very funny in parts, and still has relevance for today.

This production has a large cast of eighteen. It is a biting tour de force of stinging zippy one-liners and delicious scandal and gossip. The play features a few deliciously outspoken and bold characters that are wonderful to play. For its time it was exceptional for its large, all-female cast and privileged insiders glimpse into a rather hidden world. Continue reading THE WOMEN by Clare Booth Luce @ New Theatre

Mother Clap’s Molly House @ The New

Pics by Bob Seary
Pics by Bob Seary

I had a quick bite before seeing MOTHER CLAP’S MOLLY HOUSE in Newtown last night, and the meal was, sadly, disappointing. The best I could say for it was that it was warm and filling. Unfortunately, on a scale of one to fabulous, MOTHER CLAP’S MOLLY HOUSE, a play with songs by Mark Ravenhill and music by Matthew Scott, didn’t even get to warm and filling. Much too long, uninspired writing and equally mundane musical numbers and choreography made this promising play a bit of a dud.

When Mrs Tull’s husband dies and she is left in charge of their dress hire shop, she overcomes her self-doubt to continue on with business as usual. Business is conducted with the local whores, but looks to go downhill almost immediately, until she finds her apprentice Martin and some other blokes playing dress-ups in the skirts. She quickly realises that she can still make a buck, setting up a male brothel, the Molly House of the title. Continue reading Mother Clap’s Molly House @ The New

Five Women Wearing The Same Dress

Production pics by Tim Levy

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS by Allan Ball is a highly entertaining play cleverly weaving comedy with serious discussions of social and moral issues.

Five bridesmaids with little in common accept antipathy for the bride and dreadful, absurd purple dresses and hats, gather together in a bedroom to avoid the wedding reception.

Here, each with their own reasons for escaping the proceedings, has the chance to reveal more of themselves, their past, their beliefs, prejudices and hopes. Aided by the effects of alcohol some very funny incidents occur as relationships and issues in society are explored in some very witty dialogue. Continue reading Five Women Wearing The Same Dress

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