Tag Archives: Gareth Davies

THE TORRENTS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

Wherever you look there’s something happening in Australian playwright Oriel Gray’s neglected classic THE TORRENTS. The play is set in a community newspaper called the Argus in the 1890’s in Koolgalla. The newspaper is run with an iron will by Rufus Torrent.

A new journalist JG Milford comes through the door. Rufus was expecting a young man and is taken aback when a young woman, Jenny Milford, walks through the door. Rufus wants her to leave but Jenny says she isn’t going anywhere. Will Jenny survive  Rufus’s wrath, and the boys only culture at the Argus?!

Rufus not only has to cope with a headstrong young woman on staff but also with the protestations of Kingsley who wants the paper to get behind his scheme to make Koolgalla more economically sustainable with an eye to agriculture to give it a better chance to survive now that the gold mining is petering out. Rufus’ hands are tied. A mining magnate John Mason gives the paper a lot of financial support and without his money the paper might fold. Mason refuses to see any future for Koolgalla that doesn’t involve gold mining. Continue reading THE TORRENTS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

HOW TO RULE THE WORLD @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

In Nakkiah Lui’s play HOW TO RULE THE WORLD Vic, Zaza and Chris meet in a bar. They have a passionate, booze filled chat that is the genesis for them to start an election campaign.

They are fed up with the current state of politics and the Prime Ministers current push to push Sovereign State legislation through  Parliament.

All three of them are well educated, savvy with political processes, and have their own ideas about how they want things run.  There is a a half senate election coming up  They come up with a plan. They will  find someone who will run for the senate and get him or her  to be the voice for their views.

They decide that it will have to be a non threatening, non thinking white person.  Further, they decide its going to have to be an out of work actor, and that they will need to hold auditions to find the right person.                         Continue reading HOW TO RULE THE WORLD @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

That Sugar Film

Sugar Film-Inset

Described as Australia’s answer to Supersize Me, THAT SUGAR FILM sees Damon Gameau tackle an altogether more worrying nutritional issue. Over 60 days, monitored by a team of medical experts, he commits to consuming 40 teaspoons of sugar per day- frighteningly, the Australian average.

The healthy Gameau, who hadn’t eaten refined sugar for the previous five years, set several rules for his experiment.

He was allowed no confectionary or soft drinks and had to maintain his normal exercise routine. The sugar he consumed could only be obtained from so-called ‘healthy foods’ such as breakfast cereals, low fat yoghurts and fruit juices.

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Masterclass @ The Old Fitz

Charlie Garber and Gareth Davies in MASTERCLASS. Pic Chris McKeen Newscorp
Charlie Garber and Gareth Davies in MASTERCLASS. Pic Chris McKeen Newscorp

The new custodians of The Old Fitz theatre, Red Line Productions, have invited a fringe favourite, MASTERCLASS, to kick off their inaugural season.

Written and performed by Gareth Davies and Charlie Garber, this entertaining existentialist two hander is an acerbic and absurd examination of celebrity and the deification of thespians.

Peppered with all the pretentions that can pitfall performers, MASTERCLASS tends to pratfall in its pricking, loading up the ludicrous to lethal levels.

The theatrical expressions of “knocking them dead” and “killing the audience” takes on a literalness when it is stated that Gareth’s acting eminence arose from a performance that had showgoers shuffling off their mortal coil. Continue reading Masterclass @ The Old Fitz