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Amber McMahon and Hazem Shammas in ‘Rules for Living’. Pic Daniel Boud

The Sydney Theatre Company has made a welcome return to the Drama Theatre after a long absence due to Covid 19 with young British playwright Sam Holcroft’s play ‘Rules for Living’. That it was a frenetic comedy was even better. After the darkness we have all been through, it’s great to have a comedy to enjoy.

It isn’t long into the play that one learns that Holcroft’s play isn’t the kind of play that you can just sit back and enjoy without being too attentive. ‘Rules for Living’ is cerebral, multi-layered entertainment and one has to be on the ball.

The setting is a family Christmas lunch. The participants are parents Edith (Sonia Todd)and Francis(Bruce Spence), their two grown-up sons, Matthew (Keegan Joyce) and his girlfriend Carrie (Nikita Waldron), and Adam (Hazem Shammas) and his wife Nicole (Amber McMahon), and their fourteen year old daughter Emma (Ella Jacob). Continue reading RULES FOR LIVING @ DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The Natural Conservatorium for Wise Women @ Old 505

Lean and slippered. The stained figure before us is no hothouse creation. He is of the earth. His modesty is protected by his natural fibre woollen longjohns but he is white faced and stripped of insignia and identifiers. Perceptually naked as the ball root of the plant he holds.

That little tree. In his eye … a son. An object to be threatened into growth when it takes its natural place in a hole of the creature’s digging.

Clockfire Theatre Company will take this being on a journey to a place where the earthen tear he has dug, with his father and his father’s father and back beyond, is no longer owned by him. And in that place, he will beg.

THE NATURAL CONSERVATORIUM FOR WISE WOMEN is a work of power about power: the taking of it, the nature of reclaiming it and the powerlessness of those from whom it is wrenched or cajoled. Continue reading The Natural Conservatorium for Wise Women @ Old 505