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AFTER EASTER

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Mitchell Cox and Laura Gailbraith in the current revival of Anne Devlin’s AFTER EASTER

Irish playwright Anne  Devlin’s exquisitely written, award winning 1994 play AFTER EASTER, directed by Roz Riley, is the Factory Space’s first production for the year.

AFTER EASTER begins just before Easter 1996 when Greta goes on a journey to discover her own identity, searching backwards and forwards in time, from thirty years ago up until the present day.

Devlin’s play is a contemporary portrait of Greta and her family. She finally finds her authentic self, a quest that is not achieved until the final scene which is set after Easter 1996. The audience witnesses revealing moments from each of the members of this unraveling family, allowing the audience to experience what these contrasting characters feel and think, such as Greta’s Marxist father, and what each family member regards as ”right” and ”wrong” in regards to the betrayal, love and death, the catholic religion, and the problems of Northern Ireland. Armed soldiers add danger and tension. We learn the essential place of these women, in the rebuilding of a broken society.

Roz Riley’s production stars Mitchell Cox, Ciaran Daly, Eilannin Dhu, Imogen French, Laura Gailbraith, William Jordan, Celia Kelly, Karoline Rose O’Sullivan and Ros Richards.

2014 represents the Factory Theatre Company’s 14th year as a professional theatre company, and its fifth year as the resident company at Star of the Sea.

Highly recommended, AFTER EASTER  is playing Manly’s Star of the Sea theatre  Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm, and Sundays @ 3pm. on  the following dates:- 12th and-13th April, 25th to the 27 April  and the 2nd and 3rd May. Tickets $35/$28 from trybooking.com or 94391906.

MURDER ON THE NILE

Martin Estridge (William) and Courtney Bain (Christina) in MURDER ON THE NILE. Pic Mark Banks
A touchy moment between Martin Estridge (William) and Courtney Bain (Christina) in Agathie Christie’s MURDER ON THE NILE. Pic Mark Banks

Agathie Christie’s 1944 play MURDER ON THE NILE, based on her 1937 novel DEATH ON THE NILE, is the new production at the inner city Genesian Theatre.

On board a steamer, cruising under the scorching Egyptian sun, honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves being pursued by Jackie, an old flame of the newly wedded groom and Kay’s former best friend… Then tragedy strikes… A body is discovered. All fingers point to Jackie. But to use the old chestnut, not everything is what it seems, and holidaying cleric Canon Pennefather is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit as he finds himself on the trail of a ruthless murderer.

Genesian theatre patrons love a good murder mystery and Nanette Frew’s current production does not disappoint.

My pick of the cast was Ros Richards who was wonderful as the ditzy, snobby Helen ffoliot- ffoulkes. Courtney Bain showed some nice touches as Helen’s sensitive niece, Christina

Michael Barnacoat impressed as Canon Ambrose Pennefather, who, with great zeal, took it on himself to get to the bottom of the murders. Noemie Jounot had the role of Kay’s French maid Louise down pat, Martin Estridge was fun as the cynical, wise-cracking William Smith. Less satisfying was Vincent O’Neill’s portrayal of Dr Bessner, which has not found its mark yet.

Frew’s creative team contributed well,- Timothy M Carter with his lighting, Michael Schell’s soundscape, Susan Carveth’s period costumes and an outstanding set by Owen Gimblett’s depicting the observation salon of the paddle steamer ‘Lotus’.

The ‘Lotus’ will keep drifting along the great Nile river, somewhere between Shellal and Wadi Halfa, until it docks into port with the final show on  Saturday October 5, 2013.