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Checklist for an Armed Robber – Stooged Theatre

Angie Diaz and Callan Purcell in Checklist for an Armed Robber - Stooged Theatre
Angie Diaz and Callan Purcell in  CHECKLIST FOR AN ARMED ROBBERY- Stooged Theatre

Terrorism – the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. This highly emotive noun evokes strong responses in our current political climate and Stooged Theatre’s production of Vanessa Bates CHECKLIST FOR AN ARMED ROBBER resonates with the passions and desperate thinking that hurtles individuals and groups into extreme acts of aggression. What does it take to motivate individuals and groups to perform acts of terror involving innocent and unwilling victims?

Set in October 2002, the script was inspired by newspaper stories: one, known as the Nord-Orst siege, where an Islamist Chechen group took over 800 theatre patrons at the Debrovka theatre in Moscow for 3 days, demanding Russian troops leave Chechnya and end the war. The other was an attempted robbery of a single young female shop assistant in a bookshop in Newcastle. Continue reading Checklist for an Armed Robber – Stooged Theatre

AFTER EASTER

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Mitchell Cox and Laura Gailbraith in the current revival of Anne Devlin’s AFTER EASTER

Irish playwright Anne  Devlin’s exquisitely written, award winning 1994 play AFTER EASTER, directed by Roz Riley, is the Factory Space’s first production for the year.

AFTER EASTER begins just before Easter 1996 when Greta goes on a journey to discover her own identity, searching backwards and forwards in time, from thirty years ago up until the present day.

Devlin’s play is a contemporary portrait of Greta and her family. She finally finds her authentic self, a quest that is not achieved until the final scene which is set after Easter 1996. The audience witnesses revealing moments from each of the members of this unraveling family, allowing the audience to experience what these contrasting characters feel and think, such as Greta’s Marxist father, and what each family member regards as ”right” and ”wrong” in regards to the betrayal, love and death, the catholic religion, and the problems of Northern Ireland. Armed soldiers add danger and tension. We learn the essential place of these women, in the rebuilding of a broken society.

Roz Riley’s production stars Mitchell Cox, Ciaran Daly, Eilannin Dhu, Imogen French, Laura Gailbraith, William Jordan, Celia Kelly, Karoline Rose O’Sullivan and Ros Richards.

2014 represents the Factory Theatre Company’s 14th year as a professional theatre company, and its fifth year as the resident company at Star of the Sea.

Highly recommended, AFTER EASTER  is playing Manly’s Star of the Sea theatre  Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm, and Sundays @ 3pm. on  the following dates:- 12th and-13th April, 25th to the 27 April  and the 2nd and 3rd May. Tickets $35/$28 from trybooking.com or 94391906.