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ATYP : CHARLIE PILGRIM (OR A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL)

Sam O’Sullivan’s play is the 2017 ATYP Commission winner for a play to be performed by young actors between the ages of 10 and 13.  It is recommended viewing for ages 8 and above.  The play has been directed by Jena Prince.

The play’s premise is what if a primary school aged kid messed with spacetime while trying to fix a moment in  the past and got herself stuck in a time loop. And what if she gets all her friends to try and help her to get out of the time loop and  these friends turn out to be just different versions of herself? Continue reading ATYP : CHARLIE PILGRIM (OR A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL)

SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘NO END OF BLAME’ @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

All art is dangerous and to be an artist can cost you your sanity and your life. Is art meant to serve society, or is it a vehicle to serve the arrogance of the artist? Or, can it be either or both?!

This intense, explosive production by Sport For Jove,  luminously directed by Damien Ryan, is disturbing and powerful yet also at times lyrical and poetic.

In some ways the plays feels like a cross between a play by Tom Stoppard and Vaclav Havel , sharp and witty , wordy with piercing use of language.

First published in 1981 , in thirteen scenes over two acts , NO END OF BLAME roams over six decades of the 20th Century , from 1918 to the mid 1970’s , across various locations in Europe, and the play pits a passionate, provocative pair of artists, one a painter, Igor, the other a cartoonist, Bela ,against the forces of censorship and insidious state control that corrupt and stifle the human right to freedom of thought and freedom of speech. Continue reading SPORT FOR JOVE PRESENTS ‘NO END OF BLAME’ @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O'Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley
Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O’Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley

MY ZINC BED, by award-winning and provocative playwright David Hare, made its debut at The Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2000. Its carefully crafted eloquence and finesse continues to attract audiences.  Mark Kilmurry’s current production is vibrant and funny with an appropriate underlying sadness throughout.

Husband Victor Quinn is a masterful raconteur whose colourful past had its roots in the communist party, at one time greatly popular with intellectuals and philosophers.  His transformation over the years brings him into the corporate world as a highly successful founder of an IT company.  Despite this success and wealth, Victor has not lost his penchant for the less fortunate and vulnerable.

Sean Taylor gives a magnificent performance as Victor, charismatic and complex, brimming with the relentless ability to win an argument, which can lead Victor to play dangerous games. Continue reading MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Constellations

 

Sam O'Sullivan and Emma Palmer in Constellations. Pic Gez Xavier Mansfield
Sam O’Sullivan and Emma Palmer in Constellations. Pic Gez Xavier Mansfield

Reverence My Sanctuary is inscribed in the proscenium arch of the stage. It is not purpose built as the play’s set but a remnant of the old Baptist Tabernacle Church that now hosts the Eternity Playhouse, an apt space to perform CONSTELLATIONS, Nick Payne’s play about multiple possible universes.

Director Anthony Skuse, captivated by the building’s interior structure, “notions of time, mortality and faith are inscribed in the building’s markings and scars”, with his production designer Gez Xavier Mansfield, has brilliantly placed the action of the piece in a sort of palimpsest, utilising extant structure- the dome curvature of the back wall suggests a celestial observatory – and inscriptions while introducing an oblique plinth and a couple of chairs placed askew to cue the off kilter, non-linear form of the play. Continue reading Constellations

MUSIC

Tom Stokes, Kate Skinner and Anthony Gee in MUSIC. Pic Kurt Sneddon
Sarah (Kate Skinner) and Gavin (Tom Stokes) try to reach out to a disorientated Adam (Anthony Gee) in Jane Bodie’s new dramatic work, MUSIC. Pic by Kurt Sneddon

My experience over many years of quickly skimming a writer’s program notes in the theatre foyer before heading into a show is that generally they are written in a very dry, bland manner.

This accounts for the reason why I was completely blown away by Jane Bodie’s writer’s note for her new play MUSIC currently playing at Kings Cross’s Stables theatre.

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