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Wherever you look there’s something happening in Australian playwright Oriel Gray’s neglected classic THE TORRENTS. The play is set in a community newspaper called the Argus in the 1890’s in Koolgalla. The newspaper is run with an iron will by Rufus Torrent.

A new journalist JG Milford comes through the door. Rufus was expecting a young man and is taken aback when a young woman, Jenny Milford, walks through the door. Rufus wants her to leave but Jenny says she isn’t going anywhere. Will Jenny survive  Rufus’s wrath, and the boys only culture at the Argus?!

Rufus not only has to cope with a headstrong young woman on staff but also with the protestations of Kingsley who wants the paper to get behind his scheme to make Koolgalla more economically sustainable with an eye to agriculture to give it a better chance to survive now that the gold mining is petering out. Rufus’ hands are tied. A mining magnate John Mason gives the paper a lot of financial support and without his money the paper might fold. Mason refuses to see any future for Koolgalla that doesn’t involve gold mining. Continue reading THE TORRENTS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE


Emily Rose Brennan, Susie Youssef and William Erimya in THE BOAT PEOPLE
Emily Rose Brennan, Susie Youssef and William Erimya in THE BOAT PEOPLE

It’s not the tune but what a musician does with the tune that often gives a piece its special quality.

The same goes for a writer…it’s not so much the subject, but how a writer plays/works with it, the composition, if you like, that can give a play its appeal, its resonance.

There’s some interesting touches and tones that playwright Benedict Hardie brings to the perennial theme that exists within THE BOAT PEOPLE.

The play is about the steps that people go about to rebuild their lives in their new homeland and the baggage and the struggles that they have gone through in getting ‘here’ and the touch balancing acts involved.

Benedict Hardie helms his own play and realises a strong production. The show goes 100 minutes straight through and the cast keep up a good energy all the way through.

As the two former refugees, Susie Youssef plays the very ambitious Sarah and William Erimya  plays her companion Karl,  a troubled but jokey soul.

Emily Rose Brennan primarily as a pushy journalist and Luke Joseph Ryan mainly as an equally pushy, though in an all together way, physical trainer in the supporting roles.

THE BOAT PEOPLE is set in Sarah and Karl’s living room of their upmarket house with its all glass outlook as deftly suggested by Michael Hankin’s design.

Recommended, THE BOAT PEOPLE, a co TRS and Hayloft Project production, plays at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre until 21st June.


Dan Ilic and Emily Rose Brennan joust in Stephen Vagg’s SIDEKICKS

You can’t quite prepare yourself for your first visit to the Old 505 Theatre. It’s an adventure up a lift to level 5 and then through a labyrinth of what can best be described as 20th century Bronx architecture.

However, on arrival you are greeted by a small, intimate space where you just know raw talent is bursting to entertain you. Tonight’s fare is the Stephen Vagg penned SIDEKICKS billed as a romantic comedy about a couple told from their best friends’ point of view.

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