The Factory Space Theatre Company’s new production at their home venue in Manly, the Star of The Sea theatre, is Pam Gems’ new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ play CAMILLE ( ‘La Dame Au Camelias’) directed by Artistic Director Roz Riley.
This adaptation of CAMILLE is re-imagined for the modern stage. Set in the 1840s this unforgettable classic bourgeois drama of the famous courtesan CAMILLE has comedic twists and enticing turns of plot, and an excellent music soundtrack. Beautiful Marguerite Gautier at the age of fifteen, her Marquis employer seduced her and becoming pregnant, she decides on the courtesan life as CAMILLE.
“There’s a new world that both compliments and conspires against our own – the digital world” says writer Paula Noble, describing a ‘key stroke’ for a very noble effort that opened at the Old Fitz last night. While Director Steven Tait hopes that “audiences leave the Old Fitzroy, not simply satisfied with an enjoyable theatrical experience, but with the basis for starting a new conversation with each other.”
As you’ll see in the program notes, Brad has relinquished a torturous relationship with control freak wife, Maggie and prompted by best friend ,Grub, ‘checks in’ on Facebook to find new relationships. He doesn’t have to wait long as Di, a rather ravishing and predatory (and attached) blonde bombshell ‘explodes’ on the scene looking for mischief, followed inevitably by her menacing, jealous husband who is actually not far of the mark, (literally when he tries to rearrange Brad’s face!) Rebecca, a young ‘old flame’ (also attached), who’s never really got over being rejected by Brad, returns for a second tilt, and jilt! But current wife Maggie hasn’t accepted separation either and moves back in to re-stake her claim (or maybe Brad’s heart?)
Irish playwright Anne Devlin’s exquisitely written, award winning 1994 play AFTER EASTER, directed by Roz Riley, is the Factory Space’s first production for the year.
AFTER EASTER begins just before Easter 1996 when Greta goes on a journey to discover her own identity, searching backwards and forwards in time, from thirty years ago up until the present day.
Devlin’s play is a contemporary portrait of Greta and her family. She finally finds her authentic self, a quest that is not achieved until the final scene which is set after Easter 1996. The audience witnesses revealing moments from each of the members of this unraveling family, allowing the audience to experience what these contrasting characters feel and think, such as Greta’s Marxist father, and what each family member regards as ”right” and ”wrong” in regards to the betrayal, love and death, the catholic religion, and the problems of Northern Ireland. Armed soldiers add danger and tension. We learn the essential place of these women, in the rebuilding of a broken society.
Roz Riley’s production stars Mitchell Cox, Ciaran Daly, Eilannin Dhu, Imogen French, Laura Gailbraith, William Jordan, Celia Kelly, Karoline Rose O’Sullivan and Ros Richards.
2014 represents the Factory Theatre Company’s 14th year as a professional theatre company, and its fifth year as the resident company at Star of the Sea.
Highly recommended, AFTER EASTER is playing Manly’s Star of the Sea theatre Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm, and Sundays @ 3pm. on the following dates:- 12th and-13th April, 25th to the 27 April and the 2nd and 3rd May. Tickets $35/$28 from trybooking.com or 94391906.
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