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HOT MESS: FOR FLEABAGGERS

Here’s a hot tip – HOT MESS is a genuine hidden gem.

Fans of Fleabag should flock to this frank, funky and funny depiction of life’s priorities for a 25 year old antsy artsy woman, Loz, played with appreciable aplomb by brilliant newcomer Sarah Gaul.

The future looks bleaker than a pandemic for Loz, 25-years-old and striving to make it as a playwright. She’s aiming to become writer in residence at a theatre but her style and content is proving too confrontational for the committee.

Her love life is stalling too, in free fall for some time, her persona a bit too full on for many blokes.

When she meets Dave, a seemingly sensitive guy, Loz thinks she’s finally been cut a break: a guy with a paying job and he loves to spoon. But will Dave be able to fill her yawning existential void? Or will he throw her over the edge, back into the abyss of goon-filled lonely Fridays, desperate girlfriends and endless episodes of reality TV?

HOT MESS is the first feature film by Australian writer and director Lucy Coleman and it’s a blitzer, hysterical and heartfelt, with zinger dialogue and relatable characters and situations.

Shot around Sydney’s inner west including Newtown’s iconic New Theatre, HOT MESS boasts a couple of terrific cameos from Terry Serio and Zoe Carrides as the theatre’s artistic director and Loz’s mum respectively.

A chuffed little charmer to while away your current self isolation.

HOT MESS is available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Fetch TV, Google Play and YouTube. MA 15+

SPUR OF THE MOMENT

Holly Fraser's Delilah experiences the turbulence of adolesence
The turbulent world of adolesence- Holly Fraser plays the main character, Delilah

The Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) enterprising Artistic Director Fraser Corfield has chosen well in presenting, and in this case directing, British playwright Anya Reiss’s  debut play SPUR OF THE MOMENT, written when she was just seventeen years old. The play premiered at London’s Royal Court in 2010, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and is now having its Australian  premiere season. Reiss, brought out by ATYP, was in the audience for opening night.

The talented young playwright throws in plenty of fuel to get her play firing. We are taken into the world of a struggling middle class family at  a very tense time. Wife Vicky has just found out that her husband Nick has been having an affair with her work boss and is on the war path.

The Evans family are having trouble meeting their mortgage repayments. For this reason they have installed a lodger in the house, 21 year old University student Daniel. Their precocious daughter Delilah is about to turn thirteen, and is a handful. Even more so, she is  showing signs that she quite  fancies Daniel….

Corfield’s  production is strong all round. Adrienn Lord’s set is cleverly set up with its open plan view. We- the audience-see into the main rooms in the family home, all well detailed,- the kitchen, the living room and Daniel and Delilah’s bedrooms. Whilst the main action takes place in one room, we get to see what other characters are doing- in their own time, so to speak…

The show features an impressive cast who each inhabit their characters well.

The talented young ATYP trained actors are aided by having two very experienced actors in the senior roles, including Felix Williamson, himself ATYP trained. as father Nick. Williamson delivers a relaxed, confident performance as the straightlaced, awkward, goofy, Nick. Zoe Carides  plays his fraught, highly strung, hyper wife, Vicki.

Holly Fraser gives a strong performance in the main role as their precocious daughter Delilah, who is attempting to jump the transition from childhood to womanhood. Holly’s scenes with Joshua Brennan, impressive as lodger Daniel, represent some of the play’s highlights, at times very  funny and at other times tender and sad.

Lucy Coleman impresses as  Daniel’s girlfriend, Leonie, who  flies in to stay with Daniel for a while, and is like the meat in the sandwich, caught up in the crossfire between Holly and Daniel.

Simone Cheuanghane as Emma G, Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Naomi and Antonio Lewin as Emma M are great fun as Holly’s high spirited, zany girlfriends.

Even if you just go to see this show on the spur of the moment, you won’t be disappointed. Recommended, Anya Reiss’s debut play opened at the ATYP Studio 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay on Friday August 30 and is playing until Saturday September 14, 2013.