There’s a favourite Cat Stevens song that goes ‘Oh baby, it’s a wild world/you can’t get by just upon a smile, girl’. The song was going around in my head more than little as I watched this latest David Williamson play, THE BIG TIME.
The great man’s subject is the entertainment industry, a world which he has inhabited for nigh on fifty years. How true Williamson’s program note is when he says, ‘I know that in the industry that creates fictional drama, that real life drama can be intense.’
Williamson is an ever astute observer of relationships and this is the engine which drives THE BIG TIME. We see the very fractured relationship of Celia and Vicki, two girls who went through NIDA together and whose careers have taken them off in very different directions.
Vicki is doing a lots of independent theatre gifs, whilst Celia has had a long standing role in a soapie, or as she calls it ‘a continuing drama series’. Whenever the girls meet for a cuppa Vicki baits Celia to leave the soapie and do some serious acting. After all, she was the star student at NIDA. Celia is a little torn, she would like to venture out but she loves the regular pay cheque she receives.Continue reading THE BIG TIME : OH BABY, THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IS A WILD WORLD→
I get this play! Young playwright Brooke Robinson has tackled a very worthy subject in a bold, confronting way.
The subject is flat sharing. Flat sharing is usually the domain of young people in between leaving the family home and settling down with a partner and creating a family of their own. It’s a time where often young people usually let their hair down, have parties, leave dishes in the sink overnight or for days on end….
With her play Robinson gives us a very different demographic. She imagines what it would be like now, in Sydney, for a frail, middle-aged person to be looking for share accommodation.
Robinson’s main character is Sandra, a woman in her fifties who has been undergoing cancer treatment. When the play starts we see her arriving home to a unit which she shares with a young couple. Sandra is looking forward to cooking dinner for them. She is greeted with the news that they are giving her notice. They have a friend who needs a place to stay. She is given two weeks to find a new place.Continue reading GOOD COOK. FRIENDLY. CLEAN. @ THE STABLES→
‘It’s a horror movie right there on my tv/ And it’s shockin’ me right out of my brain/ It’s bound to get you in/Get right under your skin/Hit you right on the chin/ It’s a horror movie and it’s blown a fuse/ It’s a horror movie/It’s the six thirty news.’ (Skyhooks from the album ‘Living In the Seventies’ 1974).
Australian playwright Daniel Evans play reworks Sophocles classic play into a contemporary setting.
We have an Oedipus who lives in the outer suburbs. Well he did, but as the play’s title states, he has left town, moved on after his dysfunctional world comes apart and he himself implodes.
The stage action takes place after his exit. The style of the play is non-naturalistic; four actors take to the stage and tell us that they will re-enact Oedipus’ story from go to woe by donning various characters caught up in the various situations. By doing so they endeavour to get behind the sensational news, and not only piece together what happened, but to make sense of the horror of it all.Continue reading DANIEL EVANS ‘OEDIPUS DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’ @ ATYP STUDIO 1→
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