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WHICH WAY HOME: A LOVING AND LAUGHING EXPERIENCE

WHICH WAY HOME:  Tash – Katie Beckett and Dad – Kamahi Djordan King                                   Photos: Snehargho Ghosh

WHICH WAY HOME is the story of a loving daughter and her single dad and was written as letter of sorts to her dad, who was ill, by playwright and performer Katie Beckett.  It is a joyous small story within a big land: storytelling that is discrete and intimate.  And with two characters who obviously love each other and have done so for all their lives together.

The tensions? Normal, family pressures.  There are no huge fissures of disagreement or secrets or resentments in a story which gently reaches out to absorb and educate by touching the familial in all of us.  While it is true, that being about Indigenous Australians, there is an individuality of  meaning and resonance in the show,  it’s a story for humankind about respect and love and place. Continue reading WHICH WAY HOME: A LOVING AND LAUGHING EXPERIENCE

THE SHADOW KING

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THE SHADOW KING. Pic Prudence Upton

“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” asks Lear.

“Lear’s shadow”, replies the fool.

THE SHADOW KING is the apt title of an adaptation of King Lear by Tom E. Lewis and Michael Kantor.

Set in Northern Australia, THE SHADOW KING is the fulmination of a dream the two theatre practitioners have held dear – “to tell one of the foundation stories of contemporary Western civilisation but use it to question and probe contemporary indigenous experience.”

More than a mere palimpsest, THE SHADOW KING retains whole phrases from Shakespeare, sometimes translated into traditional tongues, cantilevered with the use of colloquial English.

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