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MOIRA BLUMENTHAL CHATS ABOUT ‘THE MAN IN THE ATTIC’

Moira Blumenthal

For the past five years Shalom  and director Moira Blumenthal have co-produced a quality work of theatre for ever hungry Sydney theatre audiences. In 2014 it was Aaron Posner’s stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel ‘The Chosen’ which played a theatre set up within Shalom College’s Educational Centre. In 2015 it was Arthur Feinsod’s ‘Coming to see Aunt Sophie’ at the Fig Tree Theatre UNSW. In 2016 it was ‘My Name is Asher Lev’, another stage adaptation by Aaron Posner of a Chaim Potok novel which played the Eternity Playhouse. Last year  it was South African playwright Victor Gordon’s ‘You will not play Wagner’ again at the Eternity.

This year, in an exciting development, the offering is the Australian premiere of a play by an internationally acclaimed Australian playwright whose work isn’t performed enough in his home country. The play is ‘The Man in the Attic’ by Timothy Daly. Daly’s play has a fascinating scenario inspired by true events. A  Jewish man is hidden by a German couple during the latter days of the Nazi regime. (Historical records indicate that over 11,000 Jews were hidden in attics, cellars and basements during the Second World War). Continue reading MOIRA BLUMENTHAL CHATS ABOUT ‘THE MAN IN THE ATTIC’

The Trolleys @ ATYP Studio 1

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As the birth-given amber flame inside sputters towards its inexorable, inevitable fading, we older folk often turn reflective. Searching for a moral? Not really. If we are old shouldn’t we have that already? Meaning? Perhaps, but of what? The metaphysic? Surely that answer awaits us at the extinguishment. THE TROLLEYS, playing at the Australian Theatre for Young People, burns with a gentle, compelling glow as it softly illuminates a path to reflection for any audience, young or old.

In a dystopian future we are confronted initially with darkness. A figure clutching a waning orangey light in a jar moves towards us. As her light disappears, shockingly so does she. A new figure arrives to lovingly clear away the dust of the departed, then to scurry away. A motley, dirty crew of 6 children wake and cluster to become the protagonists of the story. They call themselves The Trolleys after the way each carries their meagre belongings. Their small society is self-sufficient with clear rules to keep them safe. But they know what happens when the light in their ever-present jar fails. Continue reading The Trolleys @ ATYP Studio 1

A Town Named War Boy @ The Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library

A Town Named War Boy 2 - Inset image by Tracey Schramm
Production pics by Tracey Schramm

Australian playwright Ross Mueller has crafted this play-on commission- after going through the State Library’s very significant collection of First World War diaries, photographs  and letters. That is one helluva a brief!

The  approach that Mueller has taken is to structure his piece as a four-hander. We follow the lives of four young men from their enlistment in Sydney to the long boat ride that takes them to Cairo, from where they are then thrown into the war zone, into a town named war boy. Continue reading A Town Named War Boy @ The Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library