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Local playwright Clare Hennessy

Talented young Australian playwright Clare Hennessy’s two hander TONGUE TIED had a brief run at the Old Fitz as part of Redline Productions New Fitz program.

Contessa Truffione plays highly driven and very attractive reporter, Mia. She is tasked with the job of reporting on a sex scandal (assault) which has taken place inside a small corporation – the Sunday Juice factory.Mia turns up at the factory intending to question the alleged perpetrator Jonathon. The boss is nowhere to be seen and in his place is one of his underlings, the suave, sophisticated Parker, played with appropriate glibness by Gary Clementson.

Parker puts fences around Mia’s questions, and Mia walks away without anything to run with. Perhaps she is something of a masochist because the play sees her keeping on going back to the factory, to be continually stonewalled by Parker.

We see a dynamic unfolding – Mia continuing to press to get something out of Parker, whilst Parker is getting something of a kick out of the prevailing tension as well as enjoying a flirtation.

Things unexpectedly come to a head when Mia gets up out of her chair and kisses him. She has never broken ‘this boundary’ in her professional career before…Parker doesn’t quite know how to handle the unexpected intimacy, he was just having a bit of fun. It throws him, and he drop his guard a little.. 

Hennessey’s play presently runs just forty minutes. It was an intriguing drama exploring a not so uncommon situation, when professional and  personal worlds blur. My feeling was that her piece could be improved by being a little less linear and more layered. 

The direction by Jessica Arthur and performances by Truffione and Clementson were good.

Hennessey’s dialogue moved along smartly. Not sure what Parker was talking about when he said to Mia, ‘Did you know that fruit plants have sexual organs. When you are drinking fruit juice you are drinking fruit genitalia?!’What, in  fact were they making at the Sunday Juice factory?!

Claire Hennessey’s TONGUE TIED played the Old Fitz theatre for a brief season between the 27th June and 8th July, 2017.


Caress/Ache @ the SBW Stables Theatre

One can’t help but be touched by this very fine Griffin theatre production

Suzie Miller’s play CARESS/ACHE, the  current production at the Stables theatre, is a very special night at the theatre.

To ID it for you, Miller’s work features inter-weaving stories in the tradition of works like the late Robert Altman’s film, SHORT CUTS. A central ‘umbrella’ theme runs through all the stories; the power of affection, of touch, of connection.

Miller fills the play with some very big journeys which fully Involve the audience. Here are just a few of these stories:-

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Through These Lines

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As we lead into the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC tradition, established in Gallipoli through the fierce bravery and camaraderie displayed by the Australian and New Zealand troops under the most appalling conditions, we welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the stories of these soldiers and their sacrifice. However, there were also Australian and New Zealand women who endured hardship and experienced great trauma during WW1, – the nurses. It is heartening to see their stories are being told as well, without gloss or glamour.

THROUGH THESE LINES writer and ensemble member, Cheryl Ward (she plays the fair but strict Matron Ada Watson) demonstrates extensive research and effective manipulation of techniques and emotions to bring to life the story of Sister Florence Whiting, (Kate Skinner). Continue reading Through These Lines