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The Shifting Heart: Gripping and Intimate

Dina Panozzo and Tony Poli as Momma and Poppa Bianchi

Operatic in its emotions , searingly intense , this is a gripping intimate production of Richard Benyon’s play that under Kim Hardwick’s direction glows. THE SHIFTING HEART is set in Collingwood in Melbourne at Christmas time 1956, and while it could be regarded as a period piece is still extremely relevant today . It is an analysis of racism and its victims , of how migrants/refugees are viewed as ‘other ‘ .There is the haunting sense of displacement yet also a longing to belong and be accepted.

Hardwicks production is compelling and dynamic and she has a strong , splendid cast . Continue reading The Shifting Heart: Gripping and Intimate