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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.


Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

Prosuction Stills
Production photography by Daina Marie Photography

Andrea is stung by a wasp in the neck and her mother tells her this is the wasp’s way of telling her she loves her. This is an early drama in Andrea’s life and one of many lies that Andrea is told by her mother, by other relatives, by her friends and by her lovers.

Andrea, played brilliantly by Claudia Barrie, tells her story in a harshly lit cell to the two cameras that constantly monitor her. We very quickly pick up that Andrea is an excellent storyteller. Continue reading Dark Vanilla Jungle @ The Old 505 Theatre

Wolf Lullaby

Peter McAllum as Sgt Armstrong interrogates disturbed teenager Lizzie charged with murder in Hilary Bell’s WOLF LULLABY. Pic Bob Seary

WOLF LULLABY by Hillary Bell considers the themes of parental guilt and responsibility and the nature of evil in children.

In this powerful and emotional play there are no winners, just hard choices each with its own dire consequences.

The play opens in a small Tasmanian country town where nine year old Lizzie’s parents, Warren and Angela, are preparing Christmas celebrations. Lizzie is arrested for shoplifting, later a little child is murdered and suspicion falls on her. Continue reading Wolf Lullaby


Karoline O’Sullivan plays Theenie in Alison Lyssa’s new play PINBALL

The ongoing debate about same sex marriage and parenting is still in full swing in 2014, 33 years after playwright Alison Lyssa wrote PINBALL.

She wrote the play to help a lesbian mother who was fighting a very costly court case for custody of her children.  Society has come a long way in its acceptance of same sex parents, but prejudice still exists today.  It’s good that Lyssa’s play has been revived for Mardi Gras Sydney 2014, to remind us of the pain that this kind of exclusion can bring loving parents.

Theenie and Sylvester have separated – Theenie has moved on to a new life with her lesbian girlfriend, Axis, and Sylvester has found a new wife, Louise, the epitome of conservative acceptability.  Theenie and Sylvester have an eight year old son, Alabaster, (all the children on stage are imagined), who will soon be the victim of a nasty custody battle.

Continue reading PINBALL