This scintillating musical delivers an inspiring story of human survival and of finding true love in a dystopian world, is set in an alternative dark universe where everyone must always wear their gloves because physical contact, including touching is illegal. Stalking all your neighbours using high-powered binoculars is compulsory, and is the one and only entertainment outlet provided to the populace. Continue reading STALKER THE MUSICAL – Australian Premiere @ THE DEPOT THEATRE, MARRICKVILLE→
Audacious choices. Hone the text to the experiential, removing unnecessary mystery or ancillary story. Cast it well, gather a stellar creative team. Unvarnish the space, starken the setting, eliminate theatrics. Finally, hand it over to an audience. Once the choice is made to never overwhelm the watcher, the subject matter requires gentle expression.
For here is an evident simplicity, a meagreness of story and an intellectually rigorous depth of research to create work that whispers to an audience without clamour, of sadness and hurt and the complexity of failure. I loved the stripped and spare nature of MUM, ME & THE I.E.D I loved the lightness of touch in the funny, human moments. I thought the performances were needle sharp, bayonet sharp. Continue reading MUM, ME & THE I.E.D – THEATRICAL BRAVERY EXPOSES THE DAMAGED WARRIOR→
CARRIE THE MUSICAL, first performed February 1988, is based on the bestselling horror novel by Stephen King. Entire cast are triple-threats, constantly displaying high-energy singing, dancing and acting. Perfectly chosen cast with amazing voice talents, crisply and expertly directed by Hayden Tonazzi. Marvelous immersive dance/voice performances by the incredibly professional ensemble cast. Set design was minimalistic and functional, outstanding inspired lighting states well chosen to set the location/mood and heighten the theatrical experience, plus their amazing sound system delivered again and again, with delicious musical direction by Zara Stanton. Continue reading CARRIE THE MUSICAL @ THE DEPOT THEATRE Marrickville→
Many fully understand that when intimate relationship breakups happen, the required magic word is NEXT. Not everyone does stupid things after a breakup, but the two ex-lovers Lara Lightfoot (Lauren Young) and Gideon Chase (Gil Balfas) both do and say, so very many things that are often shockingly funny and above all, extremely entertaining. Good relationships can outlive the previous sweetness, when besotted love, quickly turns into revenge hate. Each of the friends, has interesting relationships, not just the two ex-lovers. Unrequited unspoken love, commitment-phobia, affairs, cheating, one night stands, long lost former relationship mistakes to repair. Of special note is actor Tom Harwood, delicious and quirky, appearing on stage as five cleverly different characters, that progress the story arc. Continue reading THINGS NOT TO DO AFTER A BREAKUP @ DEPOT THEATRE Marrickville→
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA is one of Shakespeare’s problem plays, director Sean O’Riordan and his impressive huge cast of nineteen have brilliantly modified the play to repair the problems, to make this fast-paced version of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA the most entertaining night of Shakespeare that you will see this year. Following the plot-line of the Iliad, be prepared to absorb the ancient-history, legendary love story that is the Trojan War, with the all-consuming violent chaos that is love and war. Troilus and Cressida are deeply in love, but their love is torn apart. Continue reading TROILUS AND CRESSIDA @ THE DEPOT THEATRE Marrickville→
The incredible and legendary story of ballerina Marie Taglioni, born in Sweden in 1804 and is magnificently performed by Gertraud Ingeborg. Brava Gertraud Ingeborg, brava. A so very wonderful and outstanding one woman play, now in its second run in Sydney in 2018 at The Depot Theatre, and then touring, and in May 2018 the play will be performed in Europe. A woman of the world, in a world controlled by men. Performed in English, but includes some perfectly spoken words in both French and German. Recommended. Continue reading SYLPH by Jodi Rose @ The Depot Theatre, Marrickville→
Call me a philistine and throw me to the Chekhovians. I don’t get. Maybe I started too young. Us drama types try and immerse in the canon early. I get Strindberg, I get Ibsen. Can’t blame it on my parents, can’t blame it on Chekhov. I mean other people get it. Do I need to get it? Probably not!
Imagine my surprise then. That in a place as strange as Marrickville, with thundering aircraft low overhead and armed with coke and chips because its going to be a sodding 2 hours long. Imagine my surprise to thoroughly enjoy what I might have called in a text to a friend beforehand… Fucking Chekhov. Continue reading THE SEAGULL: SOARING WORK BY SECRET HOUSE THEATRE→
After debuting with a critically acclaimed sell-out production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Little Triangle will present
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG with emerging Australian performers this coming March (7-14th March 2018) for a limited 3-week season as part of The Depot Theatre‘s 2018 line-up.
“It’s our time, breathe it in; worlds to change and worlds to win”
Franklin Shepard, a successful songwriter and movie producer in his late thirties, reviews his life, both professional and personal, especially his relationships with his best friends, Mary Flynn and Charley Kringas (his song-writing collaborator), and his two wives, Beth and Gussie.
The action moves backward in time from 1976 to 1957, from the disappointments of adulthood, to the hopeful idealism of youth.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG has been ‘long regarded as one of the beautiful and damned misfits of the Sondheim canon’ and
yet remains ‘emotionally resonant’, bringing out the ‘sharpness in the showbiz satire’ following this ‘friendship under siege’
(Ben Brantley, The New York Times).
Sydney Arts Guide reviewed Little Triangle’s first production in 2017.
Fascinating savage slice of political and social commentary via comedy, with generous surreal dialogue, provides violence bordering on farce. Exhilarating murder-thriller romp, satirical comedy equally filled with both wit and wisdom, and delivers unexpected twist after twist, and absolutely packed with riveting humour. Fascinating and intriguing theatrical experience, often profound and beautifully fluent acting, the story unfolds with great wit and superlative comic timing.
Two reality television stars, the husband and the wife, together they are the perfect married team when on television. However they are both actors reading their lines and faking it. Their televised married life is not real, every word spoken is written for them.
VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND OTHER ADULT PARTY GAMES by Richie Black is being produced by Aint It Fun Productions at the Depot Theatre. It’s a satirical comedy/thriller that attacks hatred, fear and hypocrisy – by which we mean 21st century politics.
The truth can hurt. Especially in politics.
Robert Kelly seems to have it all. Stardom. A beautiful wife. A big house. And an ability to look good in reaction shots.
Still, he’s not happy. His conscience is kicking in through the coke haze and it’s telling him that he’s a shallower than a red-neck’s gene pool. But is entering politics the answer? Could he be a voice for the common Australian? And how many lies must he tell to serve the truth?
Following one disastrous morning involving a twitter-famous teenage nazi sympathizer, an accidental death (or two) and a faked terrorist siege with a former shock jock, he’ll discover how far he must go to save the country and, more importantly, prove he’s not a complete jerk.
Written by AWGIE winning writer Richie Black and directed by Michael Campbell, the play is a new Australian work premiering November 15th at the Depot Theatre, Marrickville.
Writer : Richie Black
Director: Michael Campbell
Thomas G Burt
Venue: Depot Theatre, Marrickville
Performance Dates: Nov 15 – 25 (8pm Wed – Sat / 5pm Sun)
“Music is a social activity. It’s done with others. Since, like, the dawn of time or some shit”
FRONT follows the unseen side of the Music Industry, and intense drama unfolds in rehearsal rooms, green rooms, on radio, on television, in recording studios, but especially including those one way discussions with the toughest record label executive, appearing directly from the gates of hell.
This was an original new Australian conceptual play, well acted with believable dialogue filled with both humour and pathos, that explores relationship issues within a new band. Refreshingly catering to today’s audience with its rock metal tunes, loud music, but well enjoyed by the opening night audience. Duration is a fast paced eighty minutes, with no interval.
Running from 28th June until 15 July 2017 at The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.
Tunks’ play is about the dysfunctional Post family and their friends, everyone has unresolved issues, their attitudes reveal the dark sides of just another typical Caucasian Australian family.
It is a confronting message piece, LGBT life is a bitch w hen you choose denial.
Ultimately it is a very satisfying drama about self-interest and personal trauma, filled with adult cynicism carefully blended with casual discrimination, racism and homophobia, including brutality, appropriate language and some violence. There are sympathetic performances, that were always tempered with pathos and humour.
Frank Bryant (David Jeffrey) has become a tutor, for an Open University English Literature course, entirely just for the money. He is an older middle-class professor, a career academic, and a high-functioning alcoholic, who had ambitions to be a great poet and is bored with his University job of teaching undergraduate English Literature. His first student Rita White (Emily McGowan) struts into his book-filled office.
Rita is an unhappy married hairdresser, down-to-earth and excessively talkative but often rambling, and now aged 26 years, she needs freedom and is driven to dedicate herself to receiving all of the education, that she failed to receive in school.
Rita brings all of her under-educated blunt honesty, to loudly challenge Frank’s deep intellect and limitless knowledge of literature. Each inspires the other to become more alive, and better live their lives. Socially inept Rita believes that she is trapped by her working class life and her husband, and the theme of identity emerges, because she changed her birth name from Susan to Rita. Rita believes that studying literature for twelve months, will give her the worldly knowledge that she needs to grow as a person.
Playwright Willy Russell has sleekly styled EDUCATING RITA with realistic character-driven dialogue, providing the perfect balance of humour and poignancy. The play is fast paced, dialogue intensive 120 minutes of theatre entertainment, full of purpose, comedy and pathos, as these two people, learn more about each other, the class system, and the many shortcomings of institutionalised education systems. Continue reading WILLY RUSSELL’S CLASSIC ‘EDUCATING RITA’ SPARKLES @ THE DEPOT→
Comedy great, Les Dawson famously said “My wife is a sex object. Every time I ask for sex, she objects.”
SEX OBJECT is an absolute joy, gloriously funny, quite wonderful, and is a highly entertaining brand new Australian comedy. SEX OBJECT is exactly and precisely all about her one reason why their six month fully sexual relationship has now evaporated into “My girlfriend is a sex object. Every time her boyfriend asks her for sex . . . she objects.” Beautifully directed by Michael Abercromby, with an excellent cast of four superb actors, each with perfect comedy timing. Continue reading SEX OBJECT @ THE DEPOT THEATRE→
It was a pleasure to experience this delicious and entertaining new play featuring six well-drawn, strong characters played by a good all-female cast.
Monica Zanetti’s play delivers a touching lesbian romantic comedy, blended with LGBT political history, and is an important message piece about respecting sexual minorities. It also touches on the inaction of police and their reluctance to investigate LGBT murders.
Ellie’s mother has provided a litany of lies to protect Ellie from the whole truth about her lesbian Aunt Amber’s sudden death. Ellie, the goody goody School Captain has fallen in love with Abbie a girl from her history class. Ellie, in fact, is getting the ‘ghostly’ counsel of her deceased Aunt to navigate the intricacies of her first lesbian affair.Continue reading Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt @ Depot Theatre Marrickville→
After more than two months of heats 120 Short and Sweet plays and over 700 actors, writers and directors, this ingenious and very short play festival, is coming to an end. The winning plays are in competition at the Depot Theatre this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The winners in the various categories will be announced at the end of Saturday night’s performance.
During the eight weeks of S+S heats, Festival Director Wayne Tunks has picked one S+S play each week which displayed excellence in writing, directing, acting and team work.
This week those eight S+S plays now have their own final, on Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10 at 7.30pm
This is a fierce competition, because one play, will be chosen to go to the S+S Gala Final the following week.
Beard (Week 1)
ITC presented by Viridescent
Written by Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter / Directed by Lawrence Dooley
Cast: Erin Middleton and Robert Miniter
Praying the gay away. The need to pretend to be, what parents incorrectly want. Both ignoring aversion therapy, boy meets girl, and the girl offers to be his beard, to misleadingly prove that the weeks of treatment actually works.
T3 Trojan (Week 2)
ITC presented by Bare Bones Theatre Co.
Written and Directed by Judith Duncan
Cast: Karishma Mathur
Very entertaining, dramatic injustice monologue of woman versus machine, with essential content very reminiscent of “Fahrenheit 451” and “Divergent”. The human element has been removed, dystopian justice is now very blind. Blindfolded and kept in an execution cell, and a computer is your judge jury and executioner, because all justice is badly administered by artificial intelligence, with urgent need for change. The twist ending was inspired, and brilliantly original. Continue reading FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S PICKS FIGHT IT OUT THIS WEEK @ THE DEPOT THEATRE→
Curated by Festival Director Wayne Tunks, this was presented as part of Short+Sweet Sydney 2017 and the Sydney Mardi Gras 2017.
The plays featured in this brief season taking place on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March at 7.30 pm, featured the very best QUEER LGBTQI plays from the Short+Sweet 2017 Season.
(1) – Dress Ups
ITC presented by Grinning Shark Productions
Written and Directed by Graham Yates
Drama unfolds, with the games people play with their lives, piece by piece, as the mask gradually fades away, the world of terror within is revealed. Superb and compelling performance by Garreth Cruikshank.
(2) – Queerachy
Written by Zoe Brinnard / Directed by Megan Shooter
Cast: Rebecca Abdel-Messih, Alana Birtles, Wayne Dawson and Zed Norrie
This is the final week of Top80 S+S heats. Festival Director Wayne Tunks has made good use of the wall of props on display each week, and finally someone found a magnificent use for the shovel. Selected superb theatre pieces, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays out of the twelve plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with rap chess prequel, drama, comedy, time travel, true love, chance love, and a resonating vibrator challenge.
Week Eight Plays: March 1-5 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30pm)
(1) – The Bridge
ITC Presented by Mega Theatre Productions
Written by Jayaprakash Kulur / Directed by Sreejith Gangadharan
Cast: Sreejith Gangadharan, Nithin Balakrishnan
A guard enforces NO fishing on bridge. Drama entirely spoken in unintelligible gibberish (spoken in a meaningless nonsense language that no one understands) eventually the fisher-person teaches the guard how to fish.
(2) – Judgement Days
ITC Presented by Mockingbird
Written by Carl J Sorheim / Directed by Chris Baldock
Festival Director Wayne Tunks has selected superb theatre pieces, from the best of the best scripts on offer. Recommended, with amazing and well chosen plays on the stage, for you to pick and vote for your two preferred plays. Short + Sweet is my favourite time of year, with twelve brand new short plays this week. Interesting message pieces, and emotionally moving themes with drama, satire, comedy. time travel, time police, office politics, revenge murder, dementia, George Brandis, afterlife, anniversaries versus aliens, and a resonating vodka experience.
(1) – The Lifecycle of Refrigerators
Written by Nataliya Oryshchuk / Directed by Adam Grubner
Cast: Graham Egan, Luke Evans, Rizcel Gagawanan, David Luke and Sonja Ridden
Over-the-top administration team meeting, dealing with the loneliness of refrigerators provided comedy moments, and included ironic team discussions about community gardens growing food for the homeless, stress relief by using adult colouring books, and befriending dangerous strangers, i.e. the homeless.
(2) – Ten Minutes on a Train Platform
ITC Presented by Mariposa Productions
Written by Felix Carlyle / Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald
Christine Aldridge (Fiona) begins to fear for her life, as ADHD hyper-talkative Isaac Owen (Gerald) menacingly steals her iPhone, with more twists to follow. Perfect cast with beautifully written drama, concerns female personal safety issues not being provided late at night, by video security surveillance. Intense drama between two strangers, unfolds on the platform at Lines End Railway Station.
(3) – Island Journey
ITC Presented by Rainbow Connections Theatre Co.
Written and Directed by Uma Kali Shakti
Cast: Veena Sudarshan
Cultural expectations with inherent limitations, preventing life-affirming growth. Intensive one woman monologue, on the path to closure, takes a trajectory through grief and loss, against the background of a fixed belief system.
(4) – A Bottle of Vodka
Written by Connie Schinewolf
Alcoholics, Liz Hovey (Judy) and Mark Fowler (Will) are two very-drunk drivers who just arrived in hell, because their cars have just crashed by colliding head-on, on Parramatta Road. Comedy one-liners, generated laughter galore. Perfect cast, delicious dialogue to make you “laugh out loud”, and expertly directed Larry Kelly. An unopened bottle of Grey Goose Vodka tempts both, but painful force-field barrier prevents access. Alcohol withdrawal creates dialogue, as these strangers by spending some time together, discover their similarities, leading to a hellish conclusion.
(5) – The Search
Written by Michael Panes / Directed by Isabel Dickson
One year marriage anniversary, of course her scientist husband, Adnan Zey (Gerry) has forgotten, thus making her even more unhappy with her alien finding husband. As a devout catholic Emily Potts (Sandra), can not divorce him. So much comedy, so little time. Alien analogue broadcast transmissions received from 6EQJ5 by SETI, create the comedy path to ruin and divorce.
(6) – Mary Twist
Written and Directed by Mikayla Hatjinikitas
Cast: Izzy Hanly, Damian Asher, Mark Herrison, Indiana Rubin-Tasic, Paris Galanos and Russell Kay
Fresh clever comedy and suffragette message piece, created by sixteen year old playwright Mikayla Hatjinikitas. Time Travel from the Victorian Era, to the far more welcoming world of 2016. YOLO and SWAG confirm the destination year. Inventor’s daughter uses her father’s Time Travel Machine, to escape from the tyranny of being only permitted to cook, to clean and to constantly birth babies every nine months.
(7) – At Home With Larry & George
Written by Gavin Roach / Directed by Amber Wilcox
Edgy adult themes, throughout this stunningly extreme lifestyle comedy. So is this Art or Design? Graphic Adult B&D fetish comedy. Reilly Johnson (Larry the Gimp) is the submissive male, living in a dog-house, with Garreth Cruikshank (George) his master, who is forever on the “endless quest for excellence”. As the politician in charge of choosing recipients of Arts Council grants, to create his “Center of Excellence”, this politician is going to personally use all the money intended for the arts community.
(8) – The Accident
ITC Presented by Marko Mustac Productions
Written By Marko Mustac / Directed by Jenny Hope
Cast: Marko Mustac and Lou Pollard
The strong coarse language content of this play, is completely inappropriate for all children. There are so many Bad and Disrespectful witty one-liners, however my favourite line is when the husband says to his wife “I don’t hate women you c*nt”. Offensive Explicit Language is used creatively and effectively, to metamorphosize this dialogue intensive drama, into a black ironic comedy masterpiece. Dysfunctional couple in a long-term relationship are both cheating on their marriage partner, however their love for each other is a brightly burning fire, that burns down everything that it sees, and are a car crash away from dying. Perfectly cast couple, have so many memorable twisted lines of biting dialogue, this elegantly constructed play delivers outstanding artistry.
(9) – Time Squad
ITC Presented by Black Box Theatre Co.
Written by Alexander Cuff
Cast: Bradley Ward, Alex Groombridge, Sam Sweeting and Sam Lovell
Riotous fun as two Time Travelling Police Agents, constantly provide comedy “time one-liners” as they meet and greet with their criminal future versions of themselves. Will these four Time Travelling Police Agents, solve the Predestination Paradox to stop time unravelling? Luke Berman has expertly directed, nine minutes of never ending audience laughter, arriving from an eager and ultra appreciative audience, that clearly placed this comedy, well ahead of the pack for audiences voting for comedies.
(10) – Wheelchair
Written by Scott Mullen / Directed by Diane Busuttil
Cast: Paul Kohn and Latisha Owens
Strangers in a park. Disabled woman in a wheelchair, meets man in park, and they begin making insane bets about the future behaviour of other people in the park. Interesting comedy becomes very dark drama, with unexpected conclusion, expertly delivered.
(11) – Not Toilet Trained
ITC Presented by Seat of the Pants Productions
Written and Directed by Ruth Fringret
Superb cast choices selected by director Ruth Fringret. Delicious dementia comedy, quickly builds effective back stories into each character, via music lyrics used as dialogue. The undeserving absent son Greg, returns home to visit his quite elderly parents. Sandra Campbell (Mum) urgently needs help managing her husband, Valentino Arico (Dad) however their ungrateful son Lewis Scamozzi (Greg) and is not accepting of any of the challenges, of the dementia related life lessons, now unfolding.
(12) – Mexican Stand Off
Written by Sally Bartley / Directed by Spike Hogan
Cast: Tristan Clarke, Isabel Dickson, Peter Maple and Jaime Ureta
“Democracy when solely determined by a slim majority, is usually nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people have voted to steal away all of the rights of the other 49%”. Message piece, dialogue driven comedy with drama at a Wanderers soccer match. Class warfare from the have-nots (Chas and Gaz) against the haves (Gerry and Marlin). The paradigm, that rules must be broken, that deviant behaviour is expected, and that mob rule involving both violence and intimidation, is always the behaviour expected at soccer.
All photos by Robert Miniter.
Week Seven Plays: February 22-26 (Wed – Sun @ 7.30 pm)
The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, with on-site free car parking.