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FOURPLAY presented by Factory Space Theatre Company @ Manly

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

INTERVAL

(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

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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

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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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HOW I MET MY MOTHER @ Star of the Sea Theatre MANLY

       

 

World Premiere of HOW I MET MY MOTHER, provides a unique and thought-provoking and entertaining night of live theatre. Top-drawer ensemble cast, includes many of my favourite actors, everyone providing memorable performances, as this tight-knit family, becomes more and more dysfunctional.

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JEKYLL AND HYDE THE MUSICAL @ Star of the Sea Theatre MANLY

 

Musical version of the fictional Robert Louis Stevenson story about Doctor Henry Jekyll, who decides to use chemicals to experiment on himself, with unexpected dark results with the appearance of the sinister Mr. Edward Hyde, the evil murderous side of his inner self. The duality of Jekyll/Hyde is also shown with right handed Doctor Henry Jekyll, versus left handed Mr. Edward Hyde. Searching for a chemical cure to permanently remove Jekyll, our Hyde is happy to sacrifice everything, including Jekyll’s love for his fiancé, Emma Cardew (Rachel Hertz). Stuart Oliver has a particularly strong voice in the title role.               Continue reading JEKYLL AND HYDE THE MUSICAL @ Star of the Sea Theatre MANLY

‘Devil’s Caress’ by playwright Wendy Lewis at the Star Of The Sea Theatre, Manly

World Premiere of a brand new and quite superb Australian play, “The Devil’s Caress” by playwright Wendy Lewis, based on the 1952 Australian novel by June Wright, is a clever psychological thriller, as written by Australia’s very own Agatha Christie (June Wright). Set in Australia in the 1950s, so with so much doubt what is in the heart or in the head, and why is the first person to die called Kingsley?          Continue reading ‘Devil’s Caress’ by playwright Wendy Lewis at the Star Of The Sea Theatre, Manly

FACTORY SPACE THEATRE PRESENTS THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH @ THE STAR OF SEA THEATRE

This intimate production of MACBETH is performed both on stage, and in and around the audience, as we follow Macbeth’s twisted mental landscape as he kills all his rivals to capture the Crown.

Many actors believe that the play is cursed, and refer to the play as  “The Scottish Play”. As written, the play has a minimum of 40 characters, usually requiring a cast of 19 actors. Director Roz Riley has created her extraordinary vision of MACBETH with just ten actors, and each night there are  video-projected  images which are drawn live by E. Strange.

The three Weird Sisters (The Witches) constantly change costumes and demeanour, to magnificently deliver the bulk of the huge cast of characters. The production was beautifully staged with the tension palpable throughout  and the fine ensemble cast delivering consummate performances. Continue reading FACTORY SPACE THEATRE PRESENTS THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH @ THE STAR OF SEA THEATRE

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SWEENEY TODD’ @ THE STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

This was a hugely entertaining musical that enthrals the audience with its depravity, its fabulous lyrics together and the brilliant performances by all the leads and the large ensemble.

This dark story of hatred, is a unique musical and a revenge thriller, with multiple murders delivering so much blood and gore from each throat slitting.  The musicals’ dark themes include a young woman being raped, and a mother and daughter being wrongfully committed to an institution. Just what you expect from the City Of London in that era?!

Benjamin Barker was a barber in 19th-century London, an expert with the cut-throat razor, and was transported to an Australian penal colony by Judge Turpin.  Fifteen years later, and now named Sweeney Todd (Paul Nicholson), Barker moves into his old shop above the pie shop owned by Mrs. Lovett  (Miriam Rihani).

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A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Alan Ayckbourn’s A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL is a play within a play, a dark and intricate comedy, concerned with the Pendon’s Amateur Dramatics Society, situated in a smallish British town.

The actors life off stage is filled with  clever political and business intrigue as well as sexual shenanigans and resultant jealousy.

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SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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This delightful black comedy concerns four very different dysfunctional step-sisters who have returned home to mourn their mother’s successful suicide.

Their mother caused these four estranged step-sisters to have quirky and completely different lives, smart females each as different as the cities for which they were named. Life is complicated and having a close-knit family is so important, but they have learnt to disagree about everything, making each woman very memorable, long after the play ends.

Deftly directed with vision nuance and care, director Roz Riley, has applied her unique paradigm to choosing a solid and compelling ensemble cast of five superb actors, each pitch perfect for their role, for this powerful and emotional play. Each sister presents as an authentic articulate individual with fascinating and realistic back-stories. The mother’s personal life choices are nothing short of shocking. Continue reading SISTER CITIES BY COLETTE FREEMAN @ THE STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Chorus LineThis is  a pure entertainment experience first seen in 1975, and coming from that time when the Broadway musical scene was in full unrivaled glory,

Be taken on a life affirming, two hour emotional roller coaster ride delivered in song and dance. A CHORUS LINE the entire cast delivers emotionally charged performances, and triumphantly delivers the ultimate expression, of what all musicals need to be.

Conceived by Michael Bennett, dancers try out for a new musical, before a very demanding director. Based on stories from real Broadway dancers, as remembered by fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett. Book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, is still very fresh and marvellously creative, with its dancer audition line-up of twenty-six unique individuals. Full of life characters, with true-to-life back stories. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

 

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The Factory Space Theatre Company’s new production at their home venue in Manly, the Star of The Sea theatre, is EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN by Edward Albee.

EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN (1967) is Albee’s adaptation  of Giles Cooper’s play (1962) and premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on 16 November 1967.

Roz Riley’s production  featured a huge, well chosen cast and was carefully directed by Factory Space’s Artistic Director. Continue reading FACTORY SPACE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN @ STAR OF THE SEA MANLY

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS EVITA @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

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Keira Connelly gives a stellar performance in the lead role. Production photography by Jim Muir.

Manly Musical Society is currently presenting the evergreen musical EVITA charting the extraordinary journey of Eva Peron (Keira Connelly) from the slums, heading to the top of society, until she becomes the most powerful woman in Argentina. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS EVITA @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

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The Factory Space Theatre Company is currently presenting THE MATILDA WALTZ, written and directed by Deborah Mulhall. The play premiered in a very abbreviated form at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2014.

The play spans 100 years of Australian history through the eyes of five generations of Australian women, each woman being the daughter of the woman before.

THE MATILDA WALTZ begins in Sydney in 1894, where we meet siblings Vera and Ida Templeton, their lawyer Mr. Andrew (Banjo) Paterson and the charming rogue, Horrie. We follow the Templeton family tree, through the First World War and the Second World War and onto the Vietnam War. We visit France, New York, Sydney, Queensland and outback NSW with clever locations changes, made with the change of a street sign. Continue reading MATILDA WALTZ @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE

MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE

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MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE directed by Roz Riley, is a fresh new collection of short plays on these popular themes by a talented group of writers including Sky Yeager, Alex Broun, Emma Watson, Geneieve Mortiss, Micah Joel, Julia Lewis, Pete Malicki, James Hazelden and this year’s competition winner, Therese Cloonan’s Number 141.

A strong ensemble cast brings these vignettes alive including Karoline Rose O’Sullivan, Leon Kowalski, James Belfrage, Sandra Bass, Rhianne Evelyn-Ross, Neil Modra, Elly Hiraani Clapin, Robyn Makhoul, Katharine Marie Robertson, Rob White and Amanda Jermyn. Refreshingly different night out on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which will keep you talking for many hours afterwards.

All the pieces are linked by the Presiding Angel (Zephon), who takes over the beautiful body of a suicide victim, and then arrives back on earth, to find out how humans manage their lives of free will, with all the bittersweet consequences and all the existential angst that comes with it.

My pick of the plays was Diabolical written by James Hazelden as directed by Alison Albany, which had an very unusual take on what happens when you use public transport on a night out,  still with one unanswered question about the wife.

A Factory Space Theatre Company production,  MORE SEX DEATH AND CHOCOLATE is playing at the Star of the Sea Theatre, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue, Manly, (located in the grounds of the Stella Maris College) until Saturday 18th October 2014.