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DEAD CAT BOUNCE : IMMERSIVE THEATRE @ THE STABLES

Josh Quong Tart_Dead Cat Bounce_ Photo Brett Boardman_

As if their twenty year age gap wasn’t difficult enough, Matilda’s is fighting for space in Gabe’s  life along with his constant companions, misery, writerly angst and booze. She’s not convinced he’s over with his ex girlfriend and publisher, Angela, who is used to picking up Gabe’s  pieces.

If Gabe wants to get sober he’ll have to abandon his image as the tragic, self destructive writer drinking his way to oblivion. And if Angela’s really trying to let Gabe go, like her partner Tony needs her to, she needs to say goodbye to Gabe’s wretched cat that she is looking after.

That is a lot that goes on in Mary Rachel Brown’s play and it’s mostly about  what goes on internally, in the hearts and minds of its  characters. Continue reading DEAD CAT BOUNCE : IMMERSIVE THEATRE @ THE STABLES

ALL MY SLEEP AND WAKING. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT.

Mary Rachel Brown

ALL MY SLEEP AND WAKING is playwright Mary Rachel Brown’s deeply moving look at the knot of family. A story of how the ties that bind us can just as easily undo us. Unspoken rules and rusted on habits undergo a tectonic shift, as a family attempt to understand the truth of who they are to each other.

Brown has revisited and rewritten the play.   We had a chance to speak with her before Apocalypse Theatre Company opens the newly reworked  play at the end of November.

SAG:        It’s so nice to speak with you again.
MARY:   Thanks for taking the time to speak with me about the show.

SAG:         I love speaking to playwrights, it’s just amazing how you do what you do.
MARY:      Well, I have to say the process isn’t so amazing. I think I’m a lot slower than a lot of writers but we all get there in our own way. Continue reading ALL MY SLEEP AND WAKING. AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT.

PERMISSION TO SPIN: THE MOUSE, THE MANIAC AND THE MENACE

Production images: Robert Catto

There must be a temptation to use real product on the set of PERMISSION TO SPIN from Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions.  This is a manic 65 minutes and whatever hurtles the three person cast through it must be illegal.  And I want some!

In a shiny yet nondescript office we meet Martin and Jim.  Jim is the agent for recording phenomenon, Cristobel, whose music is about to win Children’s Album of the Year.  The reason that Cristobel is going to win the aforesaid award is down to the spin skills of Martin who has made her character, Miss Polkadot a household (read happy meal figurine) name.  His methods are obvious.  He brings the menace down on poor, coked up, manic Jim.  Cristobel on the other hand has been mouseily manipulated by this harrying double act but is on the roar to becoming her own person.  Consuming will happen, bullying will occur and disorder will ensue.  Continue reading PERMISSION TO SPIN: THE MOUSE, THE MANIAC AND THE MENACE

PERMISSION TO SPIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT

                                          Mary Rachel Brown: Writer of PERMISSION TO SPIN

Miss Polkadot finds out that her children’s music is being used as an instrument of torture .  She is on the eve of being a global phenomenon and is now set on taking back control.  Billed as a “funny till it’s not cage fight between art and ethics” PERMISSION TO SPIN from Red Line Productions is soon opening at the Old Fitz Theatre and we had the opportunity to ask some questions of writer and co-director, Mary Rachel Brown.

SAG:  Thank you for speaking with The Guide about PERMISSION TO SPIN.  “Music as torture”.  There’s got to be a good story about how that theme occurred to you and why you thought it would make a theatre piece.  I’m still getting over the invisible greyhounds in your play THE DAPTO  CHASER!

MARY : This play will provide solace to parents who have done a lot of  ‘Wiggles’ during their child’s formative years, but just when you get comfortable in your seat we will take you to a whole new level of how torturous music can be when in the wrong hands and used with the wrong intention. Continue reading PERMISSION TO SPIN: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT

SILENT NIGHT: TIME TO GET THE XMAS LIGHTS OUT

Silent is not the word to use for the first act of SILENT NIGHT from Darlinghurst Theatre.  Some witty single adjective encompassing laugh out loud, occasional hysterical giggle or cringing gasps of recognition might give some inkling of what’s in store for an audience.  It has some really funny moments and some excellent jokes, even a few well executed sight gags.  It’s light and fun and aimed intelligently at those of us who think Christmas is just a titch over-commercialised.  The second act however is a different beast. A seven headed beast which sits uneasily in the Christmas setting. Continue reading SILENT NIGHT: TIME TO GET THE XMAS LIGHTS OUT

Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

One of the doyens of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia's group play fundraiser
One of the doyennes of Australian playwriting David Williamson has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s group play experiment

Playwriting Australia, the national organisation supporting new writing for the stage, is presenting the inaugural Chain Play, a celebrity fundraising gala crammed with the best playwrights and theatre artists from around the country.

Twenty of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to offer Sydney audiences a raucous night of group creativity.

The way that CHAIN PLAY works is that each writer has been asked to contribute a scene of a brand new play. Once the nominated playwright has written the opening scene then he/she passes the play onto the next playwright to write their scene and so it goes until the play has been completed. Continue reading Chain Play @ Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Theatre Company

The Dapto Chaser @ The SBW Stables Theatre

Inset pic- Richard Sydenham plays Cess Sinclair. Featured pic- Son and father- Jamie Oxenbould as Jimmy Sinclair and Danny Adcock as Errol Sinclair in Mary Rachel Brown’s THE DAPTO CHASER. Production photographs by (c) Robert Catto.

And they’re racing…

The sport of racing is such an indelible, iconic part of Australian culture. There are few things more archetypal Aussie male than a guy punting on the races- sitting in the living room, going through the racing guide, the radio on , a bottle of VB close by….

It’s a good life when you are good at picking winners. It’s not so great when you  blow a lot of your cash and leave the family short…. Continue reading The Dapto Chaser @ The SBW Stables Theatre