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IRONBOUND: RAILS AGAINST THE GOING NOWHERE OF POVERTY

Production photographs: Jasmin Simmons

So desperate was I to see IRONBOUND that I wheedled and cajoled An Assorted Few to let me attend a preview on the one night I have off this week.  Letting reviewers into a preview is a huge leap of faith and rarely done, and I thought that it would be close enough to ready that I could see what was what.  But damn… if they get any better the earth will move beneath the Kings Cross Theatre and the iron of the building will shake and fold into itself. It is a production with four terrific performances, a production which challenges the viewer to listen and understand the beneath, a production which brings a life not our own, into blurred existence for our considered focus.

We meet Darja.  A 42 year old Polish immigrant waiting on a bus stop in Jersey where she is in sight of the crumbling factory that once afforded her a kind of living and she is in a fluorescent lit place that draws her in crisis.  Over the course of the play we will meet Darja over 20 years, from now when her boyfriend of convenience, Tommy, is with her in his own way, to her youth.  Back then we will observe affecting love but also the tensions of unassailable difference between she and her husband, Maks, who is convinced that music is the way out of poverty.  One other male will enter her world here in this barren place, Vic.  The conundrum in him will bring into focus a societal rending of class and circumstance. Continue reading IRONBOUND: RAILS AGAINST THE GOING NOWHERE OF POVERTY

‘IRONBOUND’ BY MARTYNA MAJOK FOR KXT AND WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

September will see the Sydney Premiere of a gripping new play by the 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  From Martyna Majok and produced by An Assorted Few in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE , IRONBOUND will play at Kings Cross Theatre in September.

For twenty-two years Darja sits at derelict bus stop littered with cigarette butts and broken beer bottles. An immigrant from Poland, she negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. The hope of a better life in America is turning out to be impossible.

Martyna Majok, recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize, has crafted a play about the constant battle to eke out a modest existence as a woman at the bottom of the heap. It’s a story of the highs and lows of life, rich with dark humour, fiful joy and constant struggle underneath the crumbling highway overpasses of New Jersey.

An enthralling drama about the women we overlook.

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