SCARECROW is a terrific choice for presenting at the Sydney Fringe and for producing at Blood Moon Theatre. Written by prolific American playwright Don Nigro, it is textually designed to be bare, claustrophobic, with the focus on character and relationships. As directed by Naomi Livingstone and Deborah Jones, this offering is bespoke to the tiny stage and has a brilliant performance at its heart.
We meet Rose and her daughter Cally. Never going out and probably feigning her illness, Rose has always had Cally to herself in the tiny house on the edge of a cornfield but the daughter is ripe for manipulation and sexual predation. Enter Nick. Shadowy and experienced in influencing pliable, inexperienced, naive young women, his agenda apparently reaches beyond just sex with the eager Cally, past the field’s scarecrow into the house itself. Continue reading SCARECROW: BESPOKE THEATRICALITY CREEPS AT BLOOD MOON THEATRE→
THAT EYE, THE SKY has been lovingly adapted from the Tim Winton novel and brought to the stage by Richard Roxburgh and Justin Monjo and directed by David Burrowes. It is beautifully, eloquently written and the show is extremely polished with an incredibly talented cast but the work is mostly cerebal and we feel distanced observers. The play asks the big questions about the nature of religion and the meaning of Life and Death.
ROUND HEADS AND PEAK HEADS is the fifth of six student productions that the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) is presenting to showcase the talents of their graduating Advanced Diploma acting students.
This play, a very clever political satire, had its premiere in a Danish-language production performed in November 1936. The piece is a work by the radical German playwright Bertolt Brecht, penned during the rise of Nazism, with the original German title being Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe. This production features the translation by Tom Kuhn.
Wherever and however you can find some love, some magic, in this difficult life, take it with open arms. That is the message that comes across in John Kolvenbach’s play, a love song with a bittersweet melody.
In LOVE SONG, Joan and Harry are a struggling young couple, trying to make ends meet. There is little joy or spontaneity in their life together. Joan also takes on the added responsibility of looking after, and being a carer, for her younger, very wayward brother, Beane. The suitably named Beane walks around in life as if he in a bad dream, living a bare, hand to mouth existence. And then, one day he meets a woman and his whole life changes, and these changes flow on to his sister….