“So all this terror has been for absolutely nothing…. Four dead fellas, two dead cats ..me hairstyle ruined, me sister broken-hearted”. So laments Davey, one of the dipshit characters on display in Martin McDonagh’s THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE.
A farce full of fecking eejits infected by fervour as freedom fighters, which serves as a license to kill and a mask for apparently inbred sadism, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE makes a bloody joke of the infantilism of terrorists.
A Night of Play is currently presenting the Australian premiere production of BULLY BOY by playwright Sandi Toksvig. BULLY BOY embodies all the brutal reality and tragedy of a soldier’s life under investigation for committing murder on the battlefield in Afghanistan, by killing an enemy combatant, an eight year old boy carrying a grenade. Jaymie Knight is Major Oscar Hadley, the army investigator. Patrick Cullen is Private Eddie Clark, the frontline soldier, a member of the battlefield team known as THE BULLY BOYS.
Truth is never a part of a wartime murder investigation, and the army investigator is not at anytime interested in serving the truth. History is always re-written by the winners to mirror the required point of view. As expected the army has already decided that Private Eddie Clark is guilty, and has to be the scapegoat. The damage done to all sides is very evident, war is hell, and in modern warfare, all ethical standards disappear. Continue reading BULLY BOY @ BLOOD MOON THEATRE KINGS CROSS→
“We fight. We win. We burn your land. We fight. We win. We carry on.”
When you see their wretched Union Jack flag, you know that BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES embodies all the brutal reality of a soldier’s life. We follow disenfranchised, hot-blooded Carl Jackson’s dramatic journey, from his need to escape from Blackpool, England to becoming fully trained and ultimately sent as a sniper to the killing-fields on the front-line in Afghanistan.
The Factory Space Theatre Company is currently presenting THE MATILDA WALTZ, written and directed by Deborah Mulhall. The play premiered in a very abbreviated form at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2014.
The play spans 100 years of Australian history through the eyes of five generations of Australian women, each woman being the daughter of the woman before.
THE MATILDA WALTZ begins in Sydney in 1894, where we meet siblings Vera and Ida Templeton, their lawyer Mr. Andrew (Banjo) Paterson and the charming rogue, Horrie. We follow the Templeton family tree, through the First World War and the Second World War and onto the Vietnam War. We visit France, New York, Sydney, Queensland and outback NSW with clever locations changes, made with the change of a street sign. Continue reading MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE→
George Axlerod is a master playwright, and has created another screwball comedy play, as good as his play “The Seven Year Itch”.
Charlie Sorel isn’t the man he once was. Ever since he was shot by a jealous husband. Charlie can’t remember what happened, and finds himself returned as an attractive blond woman.
It seems that ‘someone up-there’ is determined that Charlie atones for his sins. But although Charlie has changed, he doesn’t understand what exactly his sins were, or how his punishment fits his crimes.
His best friend is staying at his house, as he puts Charlie’s affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie’s new plan to marry into money.
The original Broadway production of “Goodbye Charlie” written by George Axelrod opened at the Lyceum Theater on 16 December 1959 and ran for 109 performances starring Lauren Bacall.
Those who want to see a quintessential Sixties play, along with some rib-tickling one-liners, will be delighted with this play, now successfully localized to be set in Sydney in 2013.
Michela Carattini (‘Pride and Prejudice’) as Charlie Sorel and Vincent Andriano (‘Julius Caesar’) as George Tracy are simply sublime, have great chemistry, and their timing is just perfect. Rosemary Ghazi (‘The Vagina Monologues’) impressed as Rusty Mayerling.
Highly recommended and with a great surprise ending, GOODBYE CHARLIE, directed by Deborah Mulhall, is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, Cnr Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly until September 29, 2013. Session times:-Friday and Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.
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