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TUESDAY : FUNNY, WRY AND INSIGHTFUL

 

TUESDAY is funny, wry and insightful. Its astute observations of four slightly malfunctioning characters make this a worthwhile reason to visit Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre.

There are four characters delivering a series of brief monologues. They reveal their thoughts and make observations about their lives and occurrences on this reasonably mundane Tuesday. All the characters have a fascinating discord between their view of themselves and their actual behaviours that they reveal as they go about their day. It is the classic inconsistency between the view from within and the view from without and it is brilliantly observed by playwright Louris van de Geer. Continue reading TUESDAY : FUNNY, WRY AND INSIGHTFUL

TUESDAY. OPENING BELVOIR’S 25A 2019 SEASON.

A new production of Louris van de Geer’s play TUESDAY explores the origins of violence in a consumer-driven modern society.  TUESDAY is an intricate satire of social alienation, unravelling in a suburban supermarket. It follows both the thoughts and actions of four individuals, culminating in a shocking act of violence.

Equal parts David Attenborough documentary on suburbia and a darkly funny Cohen Brothers film; van de Geer’s dry humour explores the nature of violence as well as the flawed nature of our commodified communities.

Duncan Fellows (The Letdown), Frances Duca (Ali’s Wedding), Tom Anson Mesker (Belvoir’s A Taste of Honey) and recent NIDA graduate Bridie McKim will play four people whose lives are brought together in a supermarket.

Director Nell Ranney says “We all know what’s it’s like to do the grocery shopping without ever making eye contact with the people walking up and down the aisles alongside you. It’s the perfect setting to ask what’s going on in the heads of our neighbours.

TUESDAY touches on some dark themes, including anxiety, social alienation, depression and violence against women in ways we’ve rarely seen before.  It explores mundanity and darkness in funny and surprising ways.

TUESDAY runs from 6 – 23 February at Belvoir St Theatre’s Downstairs Theatre, as part of 25A. Presented in association with Sign of the Acorn. [Facebook]

She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange @ Kings Cross Theatre

 

Amelia Roper has written a sharp and funny play about the Global Financial Crisis and four people caught in the midst of a financial maelstrom. Exploring themes of feminism, the evils of capitalism, ego, privilege and relationships it is a substantial play with rich dialogue and crisp repartee.

Amy and Henry are having their fun day Sunday in their local New England park, reading the paper, eating ice-creams and discussing how people are losing houses in Florida, Detroit and New England.

Henry finds this sad. Amy is amused by the surprised looks of the photos in the paper of the people who have lost their houses. Amy works in the financial industry and has little sympathy for people who failed to manage their finances. She has a cruel and clinical view of the world.

There are nasty aspects to the characters in this play, reflecting the ethos that lead America and the world to its economic woes. Fortunately, this nastiness is cleverly balanced by the humorous exchanges and observations of the characters.

Amy and Henry see acquaintances Sara and Max strolling through the park and unsuccessfully try to avoid them. Sara and Max would similarly like to avoid Amy and Henry but feel obliged to join the picnic and talk about the weather and the possibilities of seeing cute dogs in the park.

The exchanges of the two couples simultaneously reveal a lot about these people and a lot about the economy and the workings of the banks in America leading up to the Global Financial Crisis. These exchanges are varied and complex. There is a lot of meanness, one-upmanship, patronising and conspiratorial glances but there is also empathy and hope.

Nell Ranney has directed a very engaging and intimate work. This is helped by Isabel Hudson’s set design. The park is represented by a small grassy mound covered in a gorgeous large rug. The park and the rug are in some ways the fifth and sixth characters of the play. The mound is in the middle of the theatre space with tiered seating on either side. The fact that you are inside a pub, the Kings Cross Hotel, is an added bonus.

The actors all gave robust and convincing performances. I enjoyed Nikki Britton’s performance as the brilliant and dispassionate Sara. Dorje Swallow as the chauvinistic but clueless Max, Tom Anson Mesker as hesitant and empathetic Max and Matilda Ridgway as the vibrant  and privileged Amy.

A lot of work has gone into Ben Pierpoint’s sound design which ably assists the production and provides a pleasant backdrop. The simple and effective lighting is by Christopher Page.

Recommended. Rocket Productions’ SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE opened at the Kings Cross Theatre on the 25th October and is playing until 11th November.

http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/she-rode-horses