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
Featured photo- Elaine Hudson, Taylor Owynns and Anne Tenney in Let’s Talk About You. Pic by Vicki Skarratt.
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU is the newest offering by playwright Rivka Hartman (My Mother & Other Catastrophies) – a Melbourne born, Yiddish speaking thespian who’s Jewish identity informs much of her writing. Her voice is front and centre in this personal play – a black comedy about a lesbian love triangle.
At the play’s core lies the deconstruction of the neurotic and highly strung cosmetic surgeon and wife, Dr Ernestine Brilliant (Elaine Hudson), whose alter ego (Anne Tenney) allows the audience into her more truthful, internal self, free of expectation or inhibition. Think Freudian Id personified. Hartman cleverly uses this dramatic device for comedic effect, highlighting the internal dialectic within the emotionally stunted protagonist, providing some very amusing tension, with which many of us can identity. Continue reading LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU @ THE DEPOT THEATRE