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THE BIG TIME : OH BABY, THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IS A WILD WORLD

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

BLOOD BANK @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Inset pic- Tom Stokes and Gabrielle Scawthorn in  Christopher Harley's BLOOD BANK. Featured pic- Gabrielle Scawthorn and Meredith Penman. Production photography by Clare Hawley
Inset pic- Tom Stokes and Gabrielle Scawthorn in Christopher Harley’s BLOOD BANK. Featured pic- Gabrielle Scawthorn and Meredith Penman. Production photography by Clare Hawley

The randomness of life…matters of chance…that we are all living in a kind of fog….that we need to live in the moment.. to deal with the lousy stuff that life deals us as best we can, and make the very best of those  good moments/times when we do get them…not to hold on too tightly to things as they will pass…This was what  I felt Christopher Harley was saying with his eloquent, easy to relate to new play which is given an impressive first production by Antony Skuse and a very fine cast and production team.

Gabrielle Scawthorn plays the main character; a restless, kooky, feisty young woman, Abbey. Gabrielle is charismatic in the role, playing the kind of character that one could imagine a young Goldie Hawn playing. Abbey carries and drives the action of the play. My feeling was that she was the author’s voice in the play. Continue reading BLOOD BANK @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O'Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley
Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O’Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley

MY ZINC BED, by award-winning and provocative playwright David Hare, made its debut at The Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2000. Its carefully crafted eloquence and finesse continues to attract audiences.  Mark Kilmurry’s current production is vibrant and funny with an appropriate underlying sadness throughout.

Husband Victor Quinn is a masterful raconteur whose colourful past had its roots in the communist party, at one time greatly popular with intellectuals and philosophers.  His transformation over the years brings him into the corporate world as a highly successful founder of an IT company.  Despite this success and wealth, Victor has not lost his penchant for the less fortunate and vulnerable.

Sean Taylor gives a magnificent performance as Victor, charismatic and complex, brimming with the relentless ability to win an argument, which can lead Victor to play dangerous games. Continue reading MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE