NIDA’s Parade Theatre is reopening, withDarren Yap directing ‘Next to Normal’ as the headline production for the October Season of Student Productions.
The award-winning NIDA alumnus (Directing, 1997) directed sell out productions such as Belvoir’s ‘Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam’, Griffin’s ‘Diving for Pearls’ and ‘Miracle City’ at The Hayes. He is workingalongside Australia’s queen of choreography and dance iconKelley Abbey (Happy Feet, Sweet Charity, E-Street) to bring the show to life.
‘After eight months without any rehearsals, I am so excited about getting back to work!’ said Darren. ‘We are rolling our sleeves up and getting ready.This is a piece that says ‘don’t give up’ and surely that’s a good message to say, particularly at this uncertain time.’
So I sit here at the laptop completely out of my depth. It doesn’t happen often but when it hits I feel useless. Last night’s show THE ANGELICA COMPLEX playing as part of Invisible Circus at King’s Cross Theatre has my writer’s brain in a mess. To explain the complexity: this show was not for me. More accurately perhaps, I was not for it. It was not a show that I took to, or enjoyed or would want to see again but for some readers it will be required attendance. I am sending my BFF to it on Saturday.
THE ANGELICA COMPLEX is about motherhood. The protagonist is Angelica and we learn quickly that she is somewhere for ‘punishment’ or ‘respite’ and it has something to do with her baby. And that the answers lie hidden inside herself. There are 3 selves there in fact. Angelica speaks directly to us of her experiences and we see her in closeup facilitated by the live camera feed operator, plus we hear an inner voice in the opera singing of another figure on the stage.
It has been my experience when supporting friends tackling motherhood that it is an all-encompassing, vocational event and this show is exactly that. With what I understand to be postpartum depression as the structure, it unrelentingly explores the theme, early on through the cynicism of received perfection and later in a microcosm of narrative when it’s just Angelica and her baby. Continue reading THE ANGELICA COMPLEX @ KINGS CROSS THEATRE→
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