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DAVID HARE’S ‘JUDAS KISS’ @ THE OLD FITZ

 

“Some love too little, some too long/Some sell, and others buy/Some do the deed with many tears/And some without a sigh/ For each man kills the thing he loves/Yet each man does not die.” – Oscar Wilde: The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Sensitively directed by Iain Sinclair this production by Red Line Productions of David Hare’s play THE JUDAS KISS would have to be one of the best shows on in town at the moment.

This compelling production is part of the Mardi Gras Festival and looks at the tragic fall of the great author Oscar Wilde.

The play was written in 1998 and Neil Armfield directed a landmark version at Belvoir in 1999 and more recently an overseas production starring Rupert Everett as Wilde.

Hare is regarded as one of the great contemporary British playwrights writers and it is a huge pleasure to hear his magnificent use of language and observe the confident, secure construction of his  play.

In the tiny intimate theatre it is as if we are a fly on the wall observing events. Act 1 is set on the 5th of April, 1895, in a room of the Cadogan Hotel in London, the night on which Wilde must decide whether to stay in England, and face imprisonment, or flee.

The Cadogan Hotel, set is plush red velvet curtains, lamps, chairs and tables and crowded with paintings (pick out the Whistlers and St. Sebastian).

After interval, Act 2 is set two years later, on the 3rd December, 1897, after Wilde’s release from prison, in the Villa Guidice at Posillipo, near Naples. This set is minimalist featuring a white backdrop , a chair and a white slab on which Galileo reclines as we enter.

The production features terrific period costumes, designed by Antoinette Barbouttis . Continue reading DAVID HARE’S ‘JUDAS KISS’ @ THE OLD FITZ

MOJO

Tony Martin and Eamon Farren in Jez Butterworth's MOJO. Pic Brett Boardman
Tony Martin and Eamon Farren in Jez Butterworth’s MOJO. Pic Brett Boardman

Sometimes playwrights, intrepid as they often are,  take us down very murky paths. It is part of the rich tapestry of regularly theatre-going…opening one’s eyes to other world and experiences…as long as one is only passing through!

British playwright Jez Butterworth’s play MOJO, written when he was just 24 years old, takes us into one such world, a seedy Soho nightclub in the late 1950s.

The club is run by gangsters who don’t place too high a value on human life. They’re into making as much money as possible,  and making demi-gods of young rock and rollers. Their workers are all young kids pumped up on amphetamines and a restless, aggressive energy.

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JUMP FOR JORDAN

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Alice Ansara (Sophie) and Sheridan Harbridge (Loren) raise their teacups to life in Donna Abela’s JUMP FOR JORDAN currently playing at the Stables Theatre, Kings Cross

In time for Mardi Gras, the Griffin Theatre presents Sydney playwright, Donna Abela’s award-winning play, Jump for Jordan. It is more than a ‘coming out’ play. It depicts the experience of being ‘caught between two cultures’ common to second-generation Australians.

An archaeology student, Sophie leaves home at 21 unmarried, shaming her traditional Jordanian mother. She moves in with fellow archaeology student, Sam, her Aussie girlfriend. Six years later, losing sleep, and petrified of the judgement of her visiting ‘mad Arab’ Aunty Azza, Sophie is forced to lie about her life, her career and the existence of Sam. She may be also lying to herself.

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