The University of Sydney Union (USU) and Flying House Assembly present the Australian debut of A DEAL by ZHI YI China’s leading female playwright and directed by Shiya Lu.
This is a very fast-paced entertainingly fresh new take on immigration and the culture clash and the unresolved conflict between parents and daughter, and is a crystal clear reflection of a child who wants to be famous and achieve her prominent place on stage in the New World. Her burning all her bridges by fully denigrating her homeland, and her parents and and her government. Becoming an activist refugee, a press-hungry dissident apparently ready to be snatched of the street, and become another victim of extraordinary rendition and its controversial interrogation/torture techniques, whilst held at a black site without trial in a Laogai detention camp (Chinese equivalent of the Soviet Gulag).
FOURPLAY – Three innovative and adventurous short plays, by Suzanne Hauser, Sally Williams and Alex Broun, and then the Sydney Première of “Wellness: A social Justice Play” by Ella Arendelle. A throughly entertaining night of live theatre, very fast paced, and an absolute audience pleaser. ROZ RILEY has expertly directed her ensemble cast, providing the eight actors with multiple roles galore, in four delightful thought-provoking dramas.
(1) BETWEEN BAD RELATIONS by Alex Broun with additional evidence by Emma Willis:
An Obsession with Fame, and the importance of consequences, the magnificent Violin Concerto score that she dreamed into being. The handsome Violin Virtuoso with outstanding technical ability, who some six months later he finally performs the magnificent Violin Concerto, and then both instantly fall into lust, with multiple repercussions. So how can she be fully in love/lust with two people at the same time? Witnesses called: Berthold, Cal, Lesley, Compton
Offences: Self-interest, Arrogance, Indecision
(2) RAIN by Suzanne Hauser:
An Obsession with Sex, manuscript filled with raw adultery and heartfelt morality issues all about a freshly impecunious married man and his mistress, and the multiple events that happen when his wife finally becomes pregnant. Of course the man loses all, but which of the two woman will win all, the mistress or the wife? Witnesses called: Beatrice, Darrell and Alison
Offences: Lust, Deceit and Cowardice
(3) OPEN LETTER by Sally Williams with additional evidence by Emma Willis:
An Obsession with Death and with Dying, and the journey along the path to the end of your life on Planet Earth. Could the existence of a poison filled hypodermic syringe make any difference? Witnesses called: Beatrice, Berthold, Cal, Compton
Offences: Secrecy, Betrayal, Murder
(4) WELLNESS by Ella Arendelle:
An Obsession with ‘Chocolate’ provides a life-affirming play about enjoying life, curvy women, and societal expectations for curvy women. Witnesses called: Alison, Beatrice, Berthold, Cal, Darrell, Compton, Lesley
Offences: Judgment, Micro-aggressions, Ignorance
Presiding judge: Alana
STARRING – – –
Alana ( Multi coloured ) – Ella Arendelle
Alison ( Baby Blue ) – Lisa Stewart
Beatrice ( Brown ) – Rebekah Mowbray
Berthold ( Purple ) – Paul Chambers
Cal ( Red ) – Samantha Proctor
Compton ( Orange ) – Rohin Thompson
Darrell ( Silver ) – Kurtis Wakefield
Lesley ( Sea Green ) – Michael Barlow
Directed by Roz Riley
Production Photography by John Reeves
Production Manager and Sound Design by Lindsay Walton
Lighting by Stephen Dean
Technical Crew: Nick Adam
Design by Hecate
WELLNESS Original Dramaturgy by George Lazaris
Factory Space Theatre Company presents “FOURPLAY”.
Star Of The Sea Theatre, at the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly.
Live on stage from Friday 28th June 2019 until Saturday 13th July 2019. Friday and Saturday shows at 7.30pm with Sunday Matinee shows at 2.00pm
Running time 120 minutes, including the 15 minute interval.
No videos or photography to be taken during the performance.
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