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A SINGLE ACT – RELATIONSHIPS UNDER PRESSURE FROM AN UNNAMED ACT

This image: Georgia Nicholas and Evan Piefke
Featured image: Rachel Slee and Dominic Di Marco
Production photography: Ethan Hatton-Warham

Bottom line?  You have to make your own work.  The Sydney Theatre scene is stuffed full, I see 8 shows a week and don’t get to everything!  Well done therefore, to cast and creatives of A SINGLE ACT, Pale Blue Dot Creative, playing at the Chippen Street Theatre.  There are things to say about the show as it was presented but, in general, gthey make some choices to impress.

We meet Scott and Michelle at the end of their relationship.  And the power imbalance is immediately evident as Michelle cowers and Scott explodes.  And something bad has happened to whatever pet used to be in the cage which now stands empty.  It’s a quick scene and then we meet Neil and Clea.  They have just made it home after a devastating and violent event has occurred in their city.  Relieved at being both safe, it is clear that there has been a shift in their relationship too.  Continue reading A SINGLE ACT – RELATIONSHIPS UNDER PRESSURE FROM AN UNNAMED ACT

JANE BODIE’S ‘FOURPLAY’ @ THE BLOOD MOON THEATRE

There really are not enough small spaces around Sydney where emerging theatre companies can get a show up with their own resources and backing. Blood Moon Theatre is one that really supports independent theatre by its price structure and having some lighting and sound infrastructure. Phable Productions/ Marcia Lemm chose this theatre for their short season of FOURPLAY (2000) by Australian playwright Jane Bodie.

The opening of FOURPLAY, as written, sees the four characters listing the names of past lovers and relationships before the word ‘you’. This production wisely shortened that to the one word for each of the characters before moving on. We meet Alice (Marcia Lemm) and Tom (Jack Berry) rehearsing lines for a different play. He is an actor and she is an ex-actress, now a care-worker. They are evidently in a relationship but appear combative. Next we see Tom rehearsing with Natasha (Chantelle Von Appen) and there appears to be a different kind of tension. As the issues in Tom and Alice’s relationship worsen, Alice meets Jack (Evan Piefke). Jack is also a care-worker for the same client and their paths cross at the beginning and end of shifts. Jack appears very odd and Alice takes some time to choose to engage with him.

There are some very interesting notes in the Bodie’s script about which characters will engage with whom. About focus and perspective and eye contact and choices about naturalism in production with scope for non-naturalistic interpretations. This production chose a naturalistic physical setting with the theatre in an usual configuration. Sofa and tables on the floor as well as using the small stage, with the use of practical lamps and an overhead bulb to indicate place. It must have cost them a lot of seats but served the production well. Continue reading JANE BODIE’S ‘FOURPLAY’ @ THE BLOOD MOON THEATRE