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LADIES IN BLACK @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE

LADIES IN BLACK is back, this time at the Genesian Theatre. The book is by Carolyn Burns, music and lyrics by Tim Finn, and is an adaptation from the novel ‘Women In Black ‘ by Madeleine St John..

The time period is the 1950’s and is based on a David Jones city  store.  Lesley, who wants to be known as Lisa, has finished her Leaving Certificate and is waiting for her results with much anticipation. In the meantime she secures a casual position at Goods Department Store. She has aspirations and dreams of being a  poet or an actress,. Whilst her mother is encouraging, her father has other ideas. Even though he is well meaning he attempts to thwart her ambitions.                      Continue reading LADIES IN BLACK @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE

Agathie Christie’s Go Back For Murder @ Genesian Theatre

Cassady Maddox as Angela Warren and Tamryn Liddell as Carla Le Marchant.

Sydney’s Genesian Theatre continues its history of presenting adaptations of Agatha Christie plays with its latest success, GO BACK FOR MURDER. Adapted by Christie in 1960 from the novel Five Little Pigs, also once published as Murder in Retrospect the play omits Christie’s star detective Hercule Poirot as a sixteen-year-old murder case is re-examined.

Energetically leading the quest for truth on the stage is Carla Le Marchant, animatedly played by Tamryn Liddell. Her depiction of the wrongly convicted Caroline Crale (Carla’s mother) in flashback is convincingly multi-layered. Without Poirot in the mix, Carla solicits the assistance of lawyer Justin Fogg, played by David Hopkins, to clear Caroline’s name.

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The Three Musketeers @ The Genesian Theatre

It's fun for young and old  with the swashbuckling classic The Three Musketeers given a hearty revival with Mark Banks' production. Production photography by Grant Fraser
It’s fun for young and old with the swashbuckling classic The Three Musketeers given a hearty revival with Mark Banks’ production. Production photography by Grant Fraser

Yes the dashing quartet,  Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan, and their swashbuckling deeds of derring do, are back in town at the Genesian theatre. This version, an adaptation by  was a recent hot ticket at the Bristol Old Vic in the UK.

Based on the much loved tale by Alexandre Dumas,  the simplified yet still complicated twists and turns of this epic story of ‘heroism, valour, treachery, close escapes and above all honour’ are told in short, sharp scenes.

Will D”Artagnan with the help of his friends retrieve the Queen’s necklace in time for her to wear it at the ball ?Will D’Artagnan officially become a Musketeer fulfilling his dream ? What of Constance, the Queen’s maid that he falls in love with? And what exactly are the Cardinal and Milady plotting behind the King’s back ? Continue reading The Three Musketeers @ The Genesian Theatre

Simpson, J. 202 at The Genesian Theatre

Ryan Bown as Simpson, Rob White as Sgt Hookway. Photos: Grant Fraser
Ryan Bown as Simpson, Rob White as Sgt Hookway. Photos: Grant Fraser

Sydney has seen many artistic salutes to war heroes recently as the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing draws near. In a well-timed season, the Genesian Theatre presents Richard Beynon’s moving play SIMPSON, J. 202, celebrating Gallipoli legend John Simpson, whose use of a donkey to rescue many of the wounded is well known to many Australians.

Theatrical devices such as split stage for simultaneous action and letter reading or writing give the piece great variety and pace. This Genesian Theatre version of this well-structured play is clearly directed by Mark Gerard Nagle. Charm, sincerity and energy abound as this tale of family, adventure and mateship unfolds before us. Continue reading Simpson, J. 202 at The Genesian Theatre

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE

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Enter the 1893 Victorian world of 221B Baker Street , a cold and foggy London, and Sherlock Holmes and Dr .John Watson. Conan Doyle’s stories continue to be enormously popular and now we have both ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Elementary’ on our TV screens.

Directed with a deft touch by Michael Heming, the play is performed with great relish by the cast and mightily enjoyed by the audience. Dietz first wrote his adaptation, a re-working of the 1899 Gillette play, back in the mid-2000’s, even winning the Hugo Award in 2007.

The fast paced plot niftily combines all the elements that Holmes fans have come to expect: suspense, intrigue and incisive ,witty dialogue, It combines elements of ‘ A Scandal in Bohemia’ and ‘The Final Problem’ with some neat changes and twists and added romance.

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HOTEL SORRENTO

Sarah Purdue as Hilary, Melanie Robinson as Meg, and Gemma Munro as Pippa as the three sisters in Hannie Rayson's HOTEL SORRENTO. Pic Mark Banks
Sarah Purdue as Hilary, Melanie Robinson as Meg, and Gemma Munro as Pippa as the three sisters in Hannie Rayson’s HOTEL SORRENTO. Pic Mark Banks

‘Melancholy’ is the title of Meg’s autobiographical novel that has brought her fame and a tilt at the Booker Prize, and which sets the sparks flying within her family in leading Australian playwright Hannie Rayson’s 1990 play, HOTEL SORRENTO. It is also a good word to describe the tone of Rayson’s play which has a Chekhovian feel to it, that deep sense of time passing, and the inevitability of the winds of change sweeping away everything in its path.

HOTEL SORRENTO charts an emotional reunion between two sisters, Meg (Melanie Robertson) and Pippa (Gemma Munro) who have been living overseas, Meg in London, Pippa in New York, and their elder sister, Hilary (Sarah Purdue) who has been the carer of their frail father, Wal (Barry Moray) and is also the mother of a sweet ten year old boy, Troy (Oliver Beard). The reunion is held at the family home in the pretty, sleepy Victorian seaside town of Sorrento situated on the Mornington Peninsula.

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MURDER ON THE NILE

Martin Estridge (William) and Courtney Bain (Christina) in MURDER ON THE NILE. Pic Mark Banks
A touchy moment between Martin Estridge (William) and Courtney Bain (Christina) in Agathie Christie’s MURDER ON THE NILE. Pic Mark Banks

Agathie Christie’s 1944 play MURDER ON THE NILE, based on her 1937 novel DEATH ON THE NILE, is the new production at the inner city Genesian Theatre.

On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves being pursued by Jackie, an old flame of the newly wedded groom and Kay’s former best friend… Then tragedy strikes… A body is discovered. All fingers point to Jackie. But to use the old chestnut, not everything is what it seems, and holidaying cleric Canon Pennefather is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit as he finds himself on the trail of a ruthless murderer.

Genesian theatre patrons love a good murder mystery and Nanette Frew’s current production does not disappoint.

My pick of the cast was Ros Richards who was wonderful as the ditzy, snobby Helen ffoliot- ffoulkes. Courtney Bain showed some nice touches as Helen’s sensitive niece, Christina

Michael Barnacoat impressed as Canon Ambrose Pennefather, who, with great zeal, took it on himself to get to the bottom of the murders. Noemie Jounot had the role of Kay’s French maid Louise down pat, Martin Estridge was fun as the cynical, wise-cracking William Smith. Less satisfying was Vincent O’Neill’s portrayal of Dr Bessner, which has not found its mark yet.

Frew’s creative team contributed well,- Timothy M Carter with his lighting, Michael Schell’s soundscape, Susan Carveth’s period costumes and an outstanding set by Owen Gimblett’s depicting the observation salon of the paddle steamer ‘Lotus’.

The ‘Lotus’ will keep drifting along the great Nile river, somewhere between Shellal and Wadi Halfa, until it docks into port with the final show on  Saturday October 5, 2013.