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FOURPLAY presented by Factory Space Theatre Company @ Manly

FOURPLAY – Three innovative and adventurous short plays, by Suzanne Hauser, Sally Williams and Alex Broun, and then the Sydney Première of “Wellness: A social Justice Play” by Ella Arendelle. A throughly entertaining night of live theatre, very fast paced, and an absolute audience pleaser. ROZ RILEY has expertly directed her ensemble cast, providing the eight actors with multiple roles galore, in four delightful thought-provoking dramas.


(1) BETWEEN BAD RELATIONS by Alex Broun with additional evidence by Emma Willis:
An Obsession with Fame, and the importance of consequences, the magnificent Violin Concerto score that she dreamed into being. The handsome Violin Virtuoso with outstanding technical ability, who some six months later he finally performs the magnificent Violin Concerto, and then both instantly fall into lust, with multiple repercussions. So how can she be fully in love/lust with two people at the same time?
Witnesses called: Berthold, Cal, Lesley, Compton
Offences: Self-interest, Arrogance, Indecision

(2) RAIN by Suzanne Hauser:
An Obsession with Sex, manuscript filled with raw adultery and heartfelt morality issues all about a freshly impecunious married man and his mistress, and the multiple events that happen when his wife finally becomes pregnant. Of course the man loses all, but which of the two woman will win all, the mistress or the wife?
Witnesses called: Beatrice, Darrell and Alison
Offences: Lust, Deceit and Cowardice


(3) OPEN LETTER by Sally Williams with additional evidence by Emma Willis:
An Obsession with Death and with Dying, and the journey along the path to the end of your life on Planet Earth. Could the existence of a poison filled hypodermic syringe make any difference?
Witnesses called: Beatrice, Berthold, Cal, Compton
Offences: Secrecy, Betrayal, Murder

(4) WELLNESS by Ella Arendelle:
An Obsession with ‘Chocolate’ provides a life-affirming play about enjoying life, curvy women, and societal expectations for curvy women.
Witnesses called: Alison, Beatrice, Berthold, Cal, Darrell, Compton, Lesley
Offences: Judgment, Micro-aggressions, Ignorance
Presiding judge: Alana



Alana ( Multi coloured ) – Ella Arendelle

Alison ( Baby Blue ) – Lisa Stewart

Beatrice ( Brown ) – Rebekah Mowbray

Berthold ( Purple ) – Paul Chambers

Cal ( Red ) – Samantha Proctor

Compton ( Orange ) – Rohin Thompson

Darrell ( Silver ) – Kurtis Wakefield

Lesley ( Sea Green ) – Michael Barlow


Directed by Roz Riley
Production Photography by John Reeves
Production Manager and Sound Design by Lindsay Walton
Lighting by Stephen Dean
Technical Crew: Nick Adam
Design by Hecate
WELLNESS Original Dramaturgy by George Lazaris

Factory Space Theatre Company presents “FOURPLAY”.

Star Of The Sea Theatre, at the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly.

Live on stage from Friday 28th June 2019 until Saturday 13th July 2019.   Friday and Saturday shows at 7.30pm with Sunday Matinee shows at 2.00pm

Running time 120 minutes, including the 15 minute interval.

No videos or photography to be taken during the performance.











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


Second pic- Ride
Tom O’Sullivan and Emma Palmer in Jane Bodie’s RIDE, part of a Bodie double bill at the Eternity Playhouse. Production photography by Robert Catto

RIDE & FOURPLAY is a two play presentation of a couple of early works by Jane Bodie, a dynamic double feature directed by Anthony Skuse.

A little like Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, RIDE begins with a naked man and a naked woman in a crumpled bed.

It transpires that they have no recollection of how they ended up back in his bed, whether or not they have had sex, or where her bra and one shoe have disappeared to.                                  Continue reading RIDE AND FOURPLAY @ ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE