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FIERCE. RED LINE PRODUCTIONS AT OLD FITZ THEATRE

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Timely doesn’t really do justice to the prescience of FIERCE.  It’s almost impossible to watch the show, from Red Line productions playing at the Old Fitz, without that gut punch of ‘this is happening’.  A woman is a woman is a woman after all and there is a female centre to the story.  But this is hardly a narrative play, it is shaped to weave and duck and fly high above the mere telling of her fierceness.

Suzie Flack is an AFL star but has a real, unexplained, issue about joining a woman’s team.  Never known for missing a chance, the powers that be eventually put her in a men’s team.  No gender norming for Suzie: even the same dressing room as the men, with an initial shush on swearing, for her.   Familiarity breeds the contempt of these men and whether the bad behaviour that quickly appears is worse or normal we don’t know.  And then there’s the WAGs. Continue reading FIERCE. RED LINE PRODUCTIONS AT OLD FITZ THEATRE

SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘THE THREE SISTERS’ @ REGINALD THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

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Production photography by Marnya Rothe.

While long, this is a tremendous production, more faithful to Chekhov in spirit than recent revivals seen in Sydney. The play features a new translation by Karen Vickery that makes the play seem fresh and relevant. One picks up the plays’ similarities to other Chekhov works in particular The Cherry Orchard.

Director Kevin Jackson and his wonderful cast have caught the Russian melancholy and ennui perfectly. The production is magnificently performed. There is a huge cast  -fourteen of the cast in credited roles and six others as servants/military /singers.- all of whom give fine, inspired performances.

With wonderful designs by Georgia Hopkins the first act sees a cluttered, crowded set of tables overflowing with books, well used worn chairs, rugs, a piano, a niche with an icon all evoking provincial Russia circa 1900. When we move into the second half, and the characters become increasingly unhappy with their lives, the stage space as defined by the rugs is halved; indicating that the action takes place in the smaller, upstairs parlour, and also reflectively surrounding the actors with empty, black space (and ominous fire-lit warmth ). For the final scenes, the carpets are rolled up and the furniture hidden under dust sheets, replaced with white wicker garden furniture, and lush green pot plants, which signify indicate the new beginnings planned. Emma Vine’s costumes are superb as is Martin Kinnane’s lighting design. Continue reading SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘THE THREE SISTERS’ @ REGINALD THEATRE SEYMOUR CENTRE

Dolores @ The Old Fitz

Kate Box and Janine Watson play troubled sisters Dolores and Sandra in Edward Allan Baker’s drama DOLORES. Production pics by Rupert Reid

The name Dolores means sorrows. It derives from the Spanish moniker for Virgin Mary of Sorrows.

The titular Dolores of Edward Allan Baker’s DOLORES is no virgin, but she certainly is a sorry so and so, a perpetual sucker to a string of abusive men, the latest of which has bloodied her face and blackened her eye and forced her to seek refuge at her sister Sandra’s place.

Growing up in a blue-collar family, both women are dependent on men and both are vulnerable. Dolores is the family fuck-up with a life strewn with abortions and reckless unrequited romances. Continue reading Dolores @ The Old Fitz