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TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Thank you BAYER for inventing the completely non-addictive drug HEROIN. TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY could never ever had existed without BAYER AG, the German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company. From 1898 through to 1910, the German drug company BAYER marketed its “diamorphine” as an over-the-counter drug under its trademarked name HEROIN, advertised as a “non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant”.      Continue reading TRAINSPOTTING THE PLAY @ Limelight on Oxford, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – A COMPLEX OFFERING THAT BECAME ‘LANTANA’

Featured image: L-R: Simon Thomson, Elsa Cherlin, Dale William Morgan, Josie Waller

There’s much to interest the theatregoer in SPEAKING IN TONGUES by GradCo playing at the Chippen Street Theatre.  Not least of all is the award-winning script by Andrew Bovell.  SPEAKING IN TONGUES premiered at the SBW Stables in Griffin’s 1996 season and subsequently won the AWGIE for best play.  Adapted for the screen by Bovell, it became the multi AFI award winning hit film LANTANA.

 It begins in infidelity when, having met in a bar, two couples have decamped to somewhere seedy for a hook up. Peter with Sonja and Leon with Jane.   One couple will go through with it and one not but everyone returns to their spouse with consequences to ensue. Add to this a mystery when Jane sees her bloodied neighbour Nick throw away a woman’s shoe.  Also involved are a man Leon assaults, Neil, and his ex-girlfriend Sarah. There are 2 other characters who appear in the second act of the piece but all nine are played by 4 actors. Continue reading SPEAKING IN TONGUES – A COMPLEX OFFERING THAT BECAME ‘LANTANA’

THE SHADOW BOX @ THE OLD FITZ

This play, written by actor Michael Cristoffer, had its premiere on Broadway in March 1977. It went on to win that year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as taking out the Tony Award for Best Play.

Cristoffer’s play cuts deep. Its subject is that old dreaded subject which us humans have so much trouble dealing with – the impermanence of life and its fragility. And of-course, what goes hand in hand with this – the terrible losses that we suffer along the way.

THE SHADOW BOX is well suited to be performed ar such an intimate venue.

The play takes place over twenty four hours, in three separate cottages on the grounds of a large hospital, in the United States. Within the three cabins are three patients – Joe, Brian and Felicity, who are each to live with their respective families at the final stage of their life, as their treatment has been discontinued. Continue reading THE SHADOW BOX @ THE OLD FITZ

THAT EYE, THE SKY @ NEW THEATRE NEWTOWN

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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.

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