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JANE BODIE’S ‘FOURPLAY’ @ THE BLOOD MOON THEATRE

There really are not enough small spaces around Sydney where emerging theatre companies can get a show up with their own resources and backing. Blood Moon Theatre is one that really supports independent theatre by its price structure and having some lighting and sound infrastructure. Phable Productions/ Marcia Lemm chose this theatre for their short season of FOURPLAY (2000) by Australian playwright Jane Bodie.

The opening of FOURPLAY, as written, sees the four characters listing the names of past lovers and relationships before the word ‘you’. This production wisely shortened that to the one word for each of the characters before moving on. We meet Alice (Marcia Lemm) and Tom (Jack Berry) rehearsing lines for a different play. He is an actor and she is an ex-actress, now a care-worker. They are evidently in a relationship but appear combative. Next we see Tom rehearsing with Natasha (Chantelle Von Appen) and there appears to be a different kind of tension. As the issues in Tom and Alice’s relationship worsen, Alice meets Jack (Evan Piefke). Jack is also a care-worker for the same client and their paths cross at the beginning and end of shifts. Jack appears very odd and Alice takes some time to choose to engage with him.

There are some very interesting notes in the Bodie’s script about which characters will engage with whom. About focus and perspective and eye contact and choices about naturalism in production with scope for non-naturalistic interpretations. This production chose a naturalistic physical setting with the theatre in an usual configuration. Sofa and tables on the floor as well as using the small stage, with the use of practical lamps and an overhead bulb to indicate place. It must have cost them a lot of seats but served the production well. Continue reading JANE BODIE’S ‘FOURPLAY’ @ THE BLOOD MOON THEATRE

Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

RIDE AND FOURPLAY @ ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

Second pic- Ride
Tom O’Sullivan and Emma Palmer in Jane Bodie’s RIDE, part of a Bodie double bill at the Eternity Playhouse. Production photography by Robert Catto

RIDE & FOURPLAY is a two play presentation of a couple of early works by Jane Bodie, a dynamic double feature directed by Anthony Skuse.

A little like Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, RIDE begins with a naked man and a naked woman in a crumpled bed.

It transpires that they have no recollection of how they ended up back in his bed, whether or not they have had sex, or where her bra and one shoe have disappeared to.                                  Continue reading RIDE AND FOURPLAY @ ETERNITY PLAYHOUSE

2 Double Passes to Jane Bodie Double Bill @ Eternity Playhouse

A look into modern relationships. Pic by Helen White

Coming up soon at Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Eternity Playhouse is an intriguing double bill by one of Australia’s leading playwrights, Jane Bodie.

Bodie’s two one act plays, RIDE and FOUR PLAY will start previewing from the 4th September. Both works delve into the heart of modern relationships.

In RIDE two strangers wake up in bed together, naked and hung over, with no idea how they got there. Through hazily reconstructed memories, they begin to make sense of what may, or may not, have happened between them.

FOURPLAY is a serendipitous story about four city dwellers finding intimacy, friendship and love in unlikely places.

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Yasukichi Murakami- Through A Distant Lens @ The Stables

Inset Pic-A Distant Lens
Inset Pic- Kuni Hashimoto and Arisa Yura. Featured pic- Kuni Hashimoto. Pics by Mayu Kanamori

YASUKICHI MURAKAMI- THROUGH A DISTANT LENS is a fascinating show about Japanese photographer, businessman and inventor Yasukichi Murakami, who moved to Western Australia in 1897. He soon re-located to Broome, where he worked variously as an import/exporter, hotel manager, pearl diver and some-time jockey. He went into business first with Takazò Nishioka, and after Nishioka’s death, Murakami married Nishioka’s widow, Eki.

Murakami eventually became a successful photographer based in Darwin, but when the war broke out he was interned in a camp in Tatura, Victoria, with the family he had with his second wife. He died there in 1944 of a heart condition.

His life subsequently became a source of inspiration for Mayu Kanamori and the ‘seed’ for this play.

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MUSIC

Tom Stokes, Kate Skinner and Anthony Gee in MUSIC. Pic Kurt Sneddon
Sarah (Kate Skinner) and Gavin (Tom Stokes) try to reach out to a disorientated Adam (Anthony Gee) in Jane Bodie’s new dramatic work, MUSIC. Pic by Kurt Sneddon

My experience over many years of quickly skimming a writer’s program notes in the theatre foyer before heading into a show is that generally they are written in a very dry, bland manner.

This accounts for the reason why I was completely blown away by Jane Bodie’s writer’s note for her new play MUSIC currently playing at Kings Cross’s Stables theatre.

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