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ALMOST NEARLY PARADISE @ EXCHANGE HOTEL BALMAIN

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ALMOST NEARLY PARADISE is the new play by Australian playwright Brenda Gottsche and is having its premiere season in the theatre space within the Exchange Hotel Balmain .

The play starts with a book club meeting with just four ladies, occurs during a raging storm, on a mythical island paradise in our beautiful Pittwater. Alcohol fueled, and everyone has secrets, the night becomes a nightmare with dangerous revelations revealed. Late in the evening, Australia’s 48th richest man, Ian Thomson, smashes his way into their suburban lives.  He makes them a strange and alluring offer, but they  have to be careful. Continue reading ALMOST NEARLY PARADISE @ EXCHANGE HOTEL BALMAIN

Antigone by Jean Anouith @ The Pact Theatre

Ellen Williams and Neil ModraETheatre Excentrique: Antigone by Jean Anouith
Ellen Williams and Neil ModraETheatre Excentrique: Antigone by Jean Anouith

My friend has two sisters and I only have a brother. Familial practices, allegiances and secrets lie at the dichotomous heart of Theatre Excentrique’s ANTIGONE. A modern audience does not bear the weight of Antigone’s terrible ancestral turmoil but this sparse, drum punctuated production encourages each responder to bring their own sibling background to the interpretation.

On the surface, Antigone appears to be driven by a spiritual imperative to ease the wandered suffering of her dead brother’s soul but politics and power are encountered first in the domestic setting. My friend and I saw different shows. Both engaging, then absorbing, then intriguing: but different. We never really recover from family. Continue reading Antigone by Jean Anouith @ The Pact Theatre

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.