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THE SILVER GULL PLAY AWARD 2020 WINNER ANNOUNCED

There was a huge response to the Silver Gull Play Award this year, with the plays displaying a wide variety of subject matter and a high standard of writing.

The shortlist of five was particularly strong, with three other plays being given a ‘Highly Commended’.

The judging panel of Annie Bilton (former Literary Manager, Griffin Theatre Co; Play Assessor, New Theatre), Louise Fischer (Artistic Director, New Theatre), Patrick Howard (freelance theatre-maker; Play Assessor, New Theatre), John Keightley (actor; Play Assessor, New Theatre), Joy Minter (Director, The Buzz From Sydney), Katie Pollock (award-winning playwright) and Luke Rogers (Artistic Director, Canberra Youth Theatre) didn’t have an easy task. But, after much deliberation, a winner was selected.

The winner of the Silver Gull Play Award 2020 is Gods and Little Fishes by Jamie Oxenbould and Richard Sydenham. Continue reading THE SILVER GULL PLAY AWARD 2020 WINNER ANNOUNCED

MARJORIE PRIME AT ENSEMBLE: HOW WE COPE WITH FEAR AND LOSS

This image: Lucy Bell, Richard Sydenham.
Featured image: Maggie Dence, Jake Speer and Lucy Bell.                                                                                  Production photos by Lisa Tomasetti

Today, as we look into the future, we are sharing the increasingly sophisticated technologies involving artificial intelligence and robots.  Could they be therapeutic?  Are they truly capable of equaling or out-smarting human intelligence?  Will they ever comprehend human emotion?

Talented American playwright, Jordan Harrison, wrote his play MARJORIE PRIME to question these ideas of artificial intelligence.  First produced in LA in 2014, it was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The film adaptation premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, starring John Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.  Harrison also wrote three seasons of the Netflix drama, ‘Orange Is The New Black’. Continue reading MARJORIE PRIME AT ENSEMBLE: HOW WE COPE WITH FEAR AND LOSS

SILENT NIGHT: TIME TO GET THE XMAS LIGHTS OUT

Silent is not the word to use for the first act of SILENT NIGHT from Darlinghurst Theatre.  Some witty single adjective encompassing laugh out loud, occasional hysterical giggle or cringing gasps of recognition might give some inkling of what’s in store for an audience.  It has some really funny moments and some excellent jokes, even a few well executed sight gags.  It’s light and fun and aimed intelligently at those of us who think Christmas is just a titch over-commercialised.  The second act however is a different beast. A seven headed beast which sits uneasily in the Christmas setting. Continue reading SILENT NIGHT: TIME TO GET THE XMAS LIGHTS OUT

The Dapto Chaser @ The SBW Stables Theatre

Inset pic- Richard Sydenham plays Cess Sinclair. Featured pic- Son and father- Jamie Oxenbould as Jimmy Sinclair and Danny Adcock as Errol Sinclair in Mary Rachel Brown’s THE DAPTO CHASER. Production photographs by (c) Robert Catto.

And they’re racing…

The sport of racing is such an indelible, iconic part of Australian culture. There are few things more archetypal Aussie male than a guy punting on the races- sitting in the living room, going through the racing guide, the radio on , a bottle of VB close by….

It’s a good life when you are good at picking winners. It’s not so great when you  blow a lot of your cash and leave the family short…. Continue reading The Dapto Chaser @ The SBW Stables Theatre

Absent Friends @ The Ensemble

Absent Friends- Inset Pic
Inset pic- Foreground- Queenie van de Zandt, Darren Gilshenan and Michelle Doake. Background- Jessica Sullivan. Pics by Katy Green Loughrey

In Alan Ayckbourn’s ABSENT FRIENDS (1974) big hearted and  good natured soul Di has organised an afternoon tea for Colin, one of her husband Paul’s best friends.

She has been worried about how Colin has been going after his recent tragic loss of his newly wed wife Carol in a drowning accident. With this in mind Di invites two of Colin’s best friends,  John, along with his wife, Evelyn, and Gordon, along with his wife Marge, to join her husband and her in their family home, and hopefully this will help to cheer him up…

Oh…if only Di had a crystal ball! The afternoon soiree turns out very differently to how Di had hoped. Her husband Paul has come home from golf in a grumpy, cantankerous mood. He is rude, belligerent, even abusive to her.

Gordon doesn’t even turn up, his wife Marge attends and says her husband couldn’t make it. He isn’t feeling well. An absent friend as per the play’s titlle.

John is edgy and can’t stand still, his wife Evelyn is droll and bitchy. To top it all off, Diana has heard rumours that Paul and Evelyn have been having an affair.

Continue reading Absent Friends @ The Ensemble