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MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

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MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE directed by Roz Riley, is a fresh new collection of short plays on these popular themes by a talented group of writers including Sky Yeager, Alex Broun, Emma Watson, Geneieve Mortiss, Micah Joel, Julia Lewis, Pete Malicki, James Hazelden and this year’s competition winner, Therese Cloonan’s Number 141.

A strong ensemble cast brings these vignettes alive including Karoline Rose O’Sullivan, Leon Kowalski, James Belfrage, Sandra Bass, Rhianne Evelyn-Ross, Neil Modra, Elly Hiraani Clapin, Robyn Makhoul, Katharine Marie Robertson, Rob White and Amanda Jermyn. Refreshingly different night out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which will keep you talking for many hours afterwards.

All the pieces are linked by the Presiding Angel (Zephon), who takes over the beautiful body of a suicide victim, and then arrives back on earth, to find out how humans manage their lives of free will, with all the bittersweet consequences and all the existential angst that comes with it.

My pick of the plays was Diabolical written by James Hazelden as directed by Alison Albany, which had an very unusual take on what happens when you use public transport on a night out,  still with one unanswered question about the wife.

A Factory Space Theatre Company production,  MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly, (located in the grounds of the Stella Maris College) until Saturday 18th October 2014.

Jean-Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT

For me, Sydney is at its best in September.  Warm, sunny days and cool nights which can be spent in odd little theatres watching unique shows courtesy of the Fringe Festival.  “No Exit” is both these things. It’s playing in an Archway and it’s a text which is more often read than performed.

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1944 (this translation by Paul Bowles), NO EXIT explores the situation of three souls locked together in a small cell in Hell.  They are brought there by a butler with no eyelids (Mathias Olofsson).  Joseph (Matthew R Grego) is a coward and a wife beater; Ines (Beverley Bugeja) is a seducer of women and Estelle (Stephanie Cowton) has committed the gravest of crimes. They are confined together in this room, with no darkness, for eternity. Each arrives expecting fire, brimstone and a torturer.  It is later they realise that they are not haphazardly cramped together, they are each other’s torturers. Continue reading Jean-Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT