There’s a real fearlessness to Theatre on Chester’s latest offering. In the main, the stage is peopled with odious characters who espouse ideas that range from racist to a downright bigoted wrongness. And very easy to caricature but here, each of the unpleasant, self-centred hypocrites is fully formed and delivered with complete conviction. Unusual fare for a community theatre. A choice that respects their audience and the play.
David Williamson’s INFLUENCE centres around Ziggy Blasco, a radio host who has strong opinions … on anything that will up his ratings. He’s an equal opportunity dogmatist. At home, however, he is not king of the castle. His second wife Carmela is obsessed to regain her place as a prima ballerina after giving birth to their child and his daughter, Vivienne, from the previous marriage has just arrived to stay because she hates her mother. Continue reading INFLUENCE- THOUGHT PROVOKING WORK FROM THEATRE ON CHESTER→
INFLUENCE is a classic satire from renowned Australian Playwright David Williamson and it’s next up from Theatre on Chester.
A satirical comedy, the play revolves around the failings, foibles, whims and double standards of Shock Jock Ziggi Blasko and his totally dysfunctional family of diverse characters. Paradoxes and ironies abound as Ziggi’s public and private lives collide.
Ziggi Blasko calls himself the merchant of the truth on commercial radio “because this country wants to hear what I’ve got to say”. He fills Sydney’s airwaves with sheer bile with his lashings at political correctness, the working poor, feminists and psychologists. Not surprisingly, Ziggi’s home is a war zone.
His young, second wife Carmela is struggling to re-establish her ballet career after having a baby. His daughter Vivienne has run away from her mother to live with them and his father, deeply depressed according to Ziggi’s psychologist sister Connie, also comes to stay.
Established in 1956, the Theatre on Chester has delivered over 56 years of quality theatre to the community. The Group prides itself on its excellent reputation, a varied choice of plays and a high standard of production, three times a year.