The Dark Matters Theatre Company has chosen Australian playwright Andrew Bovell’s 1997 play ‘Speaking in Tongues’ for their first production. The Company has chosen well, actually top shelf. This is an intricately written, chilling play that sweeps across the rich, dark terrain of human relationships.
A talented cast of four, David Hodgkins, Melinda Jensen, Stephanie Reeves and Mark J Wilson, impressively play Bovell’s nine deeply conflicted characters. Glen Hamilton’s direction is assured, letting the play weave its spell.
It’s an intimate night at the theatre. The stage is tiny, with three tall mirrors casting shadows. The Darlo Drama Theatre fits only fifty people. On the night there were just twenty-two Covid safe patrons.
If you have seen Ray Lawrence’s 2001 film ‘Lantana’ starring Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Geoffrey Rush and Barbara Hershey and loved it, this is the play where it all started from. It was already candescent.
Well worth a visit,’Speaking in Tongues’ is playing the Darlo Drama Theatre, Level 1, 16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst until Sunday 22 November.
Nine lives. Four infidelities. Two missing persons. One abandoned stiletto.
Under the oppressive heat of an Australian summer, a chance encounter triggers a series of events that cause nine lives to intersect, four lovers to contemplate infidelity, and two people to meet an unknown end.
Andrew Bovell’s ‘Speaking in Tongues’, which inspired the hit 2011 film ‘Lantana’, is an intriguing tale of estrangement, dangerous obsession and unspoken truths.
Andrew Bovell is one of Australia’s most respected playwrights with his work produced extensively throughout Australia and internationally. ‘Speaking in Tongues’ premiered as part of Griffin’s 1996 season and went on to win the AWGIE for best play.
Directed by well known Sydney director and acting teacher Glen Hamilton, the cast of four, playing nine roles between them, are David Hodgkins, Melinda Jensen, Stephanie Reeves and Mark J Wilson.
Dark Matters Theatre Company was formed in 2019 on the cusp of the global pandemic. Determined to continue their work as a foursome, the company rehearsed virtually while in lockdown and moved to socially distanced opportunities to work on the show as government restrictions eased. They are excited to present ‘Speaking in Tongues’ to a socially distanced audience at the Darlo Drama Theatre. Audience numbers are strictly limited with extra matinee shows across two weekends for what will be an intimate and moving experience.
Friday 13 – Sunday 22 November 2020
Darlo Drama Studio Theatre
Level 1, 16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Adult: $35 / Concession: $30
This production is presented to a limited audience with physical distancing in accordance with government guidelines. Please do not visit the venue if you are feeling unwell. The venue will be open 15 minutes before showtime. There are no ticket sales available on the door for this production. Each audience member will be required to sign into the venue upon entry. You will be directed through to the Studio Theatre to take your seats. Wearing of personal protective masks is highly recommended. We have masks on sale for $2. Hand sanitiser is provided at the venue.
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