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AFTER MISS JULIE: A STYLISHLY PRESENTED PERIOD PIECE

Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE is a fascinating exercise in reinventing a classic and if the production playing as part of the Sydney Fringe is an imperfect rendering, it is nevertheless a watchable evening for both a Strinbergian like myself or like my friend, someone without the preconceptions of the initiated.  Presented in the close confines of The Sandstone Cottage in busy, noisy Spice Alley there is much to be said for being so near to the performers.  SPea Productions have taken this proximity seriously in their preparations and there is considerable charm and attraction in the period features of the show. Continue reading AFTER MISS JULIE: A STYLISHLY PRESENTED PERIOD PIECE

‘AFTER MISS JULIE’ BY PATRICK MARBER FOR SYDNEY FRINGE

WWII is over. Churchill has been ousted. Over a kitchen table, a battle of wits, class and sex rages on. Who will be the winner? Is there one?

AFTER MISS JULIE. Experience this famous battle-of-the-sexes play in the historic sandstone surrounds of the heritage listed venue, The Cottage. The perfect setting for this modern adaptation of the August Strindberg 1888 classic masterpiece.

This production, directed by Sean O’Riordan (The Wasp: Australian premiere Sydney Fringe, Troilus and Cressida: The Depot Theatre, Apples and Pears: Old 505 Theatre, Tidy Town of the Year: Old Fitz Theatre). Continue reading ‘AFTER MISS JULIE’ BY PATRICK MARBER FOR SYDNEY FRINGE

SECRET HOUSE PRESENTS CYMBELINE @ THE DEPOT THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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Running at just over two hours (including one interval) and with their well chosen, ensemble cast of seventeen actors, SECRET HOUSE has expertly delivered their fast-paced version, plus their well timed tweaks easily delighted the opening night audience.

Stunningly retold by director Sean O’Riordan, this ensemble piece is well worth seeing at least twice during its very limited run at The Depot Theatre. This adaptation of CYMBELINE repeatedly delivers on many levels, a quite brilliant but confronting evening of great entertainment.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed CYMBELINE, is a very dark comedy set in ancient Britain, and contains the dramatic themes of innocence and jealousy.

CYMBELINE has a very convoluted plot, with very familiar characters as found in many of his iconic works. Innogen is the only living heir of the KING CYMBELINE, but has secretly married her sweetheart Posthumus Leonatus, and Posthumus Leonatus is banished from the kingdom without his wife.

Set/Costume Designer Angelika Nieweglowski, has built this unique set by creating solid walls composed of broken wooden pallets, and a further collection of unbroken wooden pallets, that are frequently moved and shifted and stacked to become exactly what is required for each new scene/setting.

Almost every character has been deliberately costumed with torn and tattered fabrics, to my mind indicating a civilisation nearing its end, adding an extra atmosphere that gives almost post-apocalyptic expectations that are later mirrored, in the violent blood and carnage on the battlefield.

Cast included Deborah An, Jane Angharad, Alison Benstead, Alex Brown, Tom Coyne, Morgan Junor-Larwood, Celia Kelly, Dave Kirkham, Ben Scales, Keturah Sheen, Roger Smith, James Smithers, Romney Stanton.

Secret House presented CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare at the Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville between  the 5th and 15th October.

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ACTT PRESENTS TOM BASDEN’S JOSEPH K @ BONDI PAVILION

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During October and November, The Actors College Of Theatre and Television (ACTT) is presenting six unique student productions, to elegantly showcase the talents of their graduating Advanced Diploma acting students.

Tom Basden’s play JOSEPH K, is his adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1925 short story novel The Trial  was the second of the four plays in the season  to be performed by students at the Bondi Pavilion.

Basden’s play premiered at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London in November 2010 with each of the four actors playing multiple roles.     Continue reading ACTT PRESENTS TOM BASDEN’S JOSEPH K @ BONDI PAVILION