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AUDREY OF THE OUTBACK @ KING STREET THEATRE NEWTOWN

 

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The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and EMU Productions are presenting “Audrey of the Outback”, directed by Juliet Scrine. Perfect school holiday entertainment, for you and your children, based on the award winning children’s book by Christine Harris. This stage adaptation of the popular novel, delivers a truly delightful classic tale.

The daily events of childhood on an Australian farm, during the 1930s is seen through the eyes of nine year old Audrey Barlow, who is growing up in the world’s biggest backyard. Audrey is full of hope, and has lots of questions, and is seeking answers, with both innocence and naivety. We relive the joys of being young, because young children of that age are not yet burdened with adult worries.

Audrey constantly wonders about the really important things in life such as, whether being a swaggie is lonelier than being a girl, and how many eggs can a chicken hold in their stomach at one time, is it better to be a cow or a sheep, and why are carrots orange? Join Audrey and her invisible friend Stumpy as they discover that friends are always close by, even in the Australian Outback. Audrey is determined, mischievous, imaginative and inquisitive.

This season features fifteen year old Darcy Scrine playing Audrey; Audrey’s brother Price is being played by sixteen year old Edward Atkinson; Dad and Toothless and Mr Akbar are all played by Ben Verdon; and Mum by Susan Kennedy. Darcy Scrine wears her hair in pig-tails and vividly portrays Audrey, and she is so much more alive than the Audrey in the book.

The delightful set created for this play, had the walls of her outback home, made from corrugated iron. Her invisible friend Stumpy is also made using corrugated iron. A 1930s outdoor toilet, takes pride of place on centre stage. Recommended for adults and kids 5+ (Please note all children under 2 are free, but must book a seat for the show).

School holiday season, from 2nd to 26th of July 2016 at King Street Theatre, Newtown.

 

 

THE ODD COUPLE @ King Street Theatre NEWTOWN

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American playwright Neil Simon’s THE ODD COUPLE premiered on Broadway on the 10th March 1965 and ran for some 966 performances.

Neil Simon based the character of Felix on his older brother, Danny Simon, showing that a real person can sometimes be stranger than fiction.

The scenario sees the irresponsible lifestyle of “divorced, slovenly but casual”, sports-writer Oscar Madison take in “newly separated” television news-writer Felix Ungar.  Felix is continually depressed and intrusively obsessed with his ex. The real problem that causes the most tension is Felix’s over-the-top obsessive compulsive disorder, as he is so driven to constantly keep Oscar’s eight room apartment so clean, with constant house-keeping that makes it look like no-one lives there.            Continue reading THE ODD COUPLE @ King Street Theatre NEWTOWN

THE REMOVALISTS @ King Street Theatre

THE REMOVALISTS is one of David Williamson’s first and most influential plays, an iconic Australian play of the seventies dealing with domestic violence issues, that are still with us in 2015.

The Epicentre Theatre Company’s current revival features a  very well chosen cast that is well able to deal with the emotional and physical demands of the script.

We witness how people play word games with each other to win each situation, but each with their own subversive reasons, in this vivid exploration of the changing roles of women and men.

The play starts inside the Police Station with two policemen, in a crime ridden suburb of Melbourne. One officer has been in the Police Force for 23 years and is corrupt whilst the other is freshly-trained and nervous, on his first day on the job. They are called on a job to help two sisters, one of whom has been badly beaten by her partner. Continue reading THE REMOVALISTS @ King Street Theatre

Beyond Therapy @ King Street

Rebecca Scott as Prudence and David Hooley as Bruce in BEYOND THERAPY
Rebecca Scott as Prudence and David Hooley as Bruce in BEYOND THERAPY

Originally produced in 1981, Christopher Durang’s BEYOND THERAPY is a classic of its time and has had some spectacular names associated over time. Sigourney Weaver, Diane Wiest , John Lithgow to name just three. Robert Altman even made a film loosely based on it.

Johann Walraven, director of the current production at King Street Theatre views the text with a modern eye. His director’s notes speak of a “mid thirties” guy who sees his peer group change and wonders what choice is right for him. That generation was certainly well represented in the audience the night I saw the show. I was often alone in laughing out loud in response to the text and its 80’s references.

Bruce (David Hooley) is feeling the lack of marriage and children in his life, this despite having a male live-in-lover, Bob (Jasper Whincop). Abetted by his meddling and inept therapist, Charlotte (Nadia Townsend) he is placing ads in the newspaper’s lonely hearts column. Twice, he attracts Prudence (Rebecca Scott) who has been egged on by her therapist, Stuart (Andrew Johnson). After at first hating each other, the pair grow into a nervous relationship.

While Bruce has Bob to deal with, Prudence has her hands full with Stuart. She has had sex with him in the past and he is very keen to repeat the experience despite her mention of deregistration and his premature ejaculation issue. Bruce takes Charlotte’s advice as gospel despite the fact that she has some kind of nominal aphasia and a Snoopy toy to support her who barks when a patient makes her happy. And poor Bob is not going without making a splash! Continue reading Beyond Therapy @ King Street

Leaves @ King Street

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Newtown’s King Street Theatre is currently presenting a world premiere production of local playwright Steve McGrath’s new work, LEAVES. A co-production by Theatre Excentrique and Emu Productions directed by Markus Weber, the play is full of dark humour and is brought to life by three fine performances.

The show opens and we see film of three friends on their long hike to the remote site which then leads to their live appearance on stage. Their emergence  is heralded with a clever soundscape including kookaburras guffawing. Weber’s marvelous set design includes a bush track with leaves, tree stumps and panels at the back acting as a projection screen. Continue reading Leaves @ King Street

THREE WINTERS GREEN

“To me, fair friend, you never can be old,
For as you were when first your eye I ey’d,
Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold,
Have from the forests shook three summers’ pride,
Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned,
In process of the seasons have I seen,
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned,
Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.
Ah! yet doth beauty like a dial-hand,
Steal from his figure, and no pace perceived;
So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,
Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceived:
For fear of which, hear this thou age unbred:
Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead.”  Shakespeare CIV

 

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Campion Decent’s play THREE WINTERS GREEN still stands strong some 20 years after it was performed.

Set in the late eighties/early nineties, Decent’s play captures eight people, a tiny community if you like, all linked together either though friendship or family, who are torn apart by the scourge of AIDS.

Emotions run high with this play which peak at the unveiling of the stunning AIDS quilt at the end.

Les Solomon again directs, as he did with the other two main productions of the play in its premiere season in 1993, and in its tenth anniversary production in 2003.

Solomon wins strong performances from the cast.

Tom Sharrah is excellent in the main role as Francis who has such a big journey from being a naïve, 17 years old schoolboy  to being a confident drag queen/cabaret artist with a reptilian wit.

Matt Young gives a deftly balanced portrayal as the schoolteacher who falls for him. This was a role that could have so easily been overplayed.

Gael Ballantyne exudes warmth and humility as mother Maxine who doesn’t quibble with her fate that her two progeny, one of each gender, are both gay.

Emily Kennedy impresses as her tomboyish daughter, Beck, and James Wright doubles up as her gay, AIDS inflicted son, Martin, as well as playing rough and ready country boy, Mick.

Diana Perini charms as the effervescent Jen, Beck’s girlfriend, who is always there to bolster everyone’s spirits.

Brett O’Neil gives a touching performance as a sensitive, twenties something gay man, stricken with AIDS.

A co-production of Lambert House and Emu Productions, THREE WINTERS  GREEN is playing in repertory with  the sixties American classic BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE at the King Street Theatre, Newtown  until Sunday November 3, 2013.