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FAMILY VALUES @ THE STABLES THEATRE

“I’ve loved to put people in the same room who are obliged to be together, but shouldn’t be together and don’t want to be together”, wrote David Williamson in his program notes for ‘FAMILY VALUES’, adding, “Humans being humans, this inevitably results in drama and comedy.”

This has been Williamson’s recipe for success over 50 years as a playwright, ‘FAMILY VALUES’ being one of his most enjoyable.  This play, Williamson says, will be his last, along with, ‘Crunch Time’, which will play at the Ensemble Theatre in February.

Compliant and conservative retired judge, Roger (Andrew McFarlane), is turning 70.  He and wife Sue (Belinda Giblin), have decided to throw a party and invite immediate family members.  Roger grapples with his party balloons blowing and tying them up in nervous anticipation of the chaos about to unfold.  All he wants is to reminisce. Sue keeps him in line, totally in control. She has spent time as a social worker, thus experiencing a very different view of the world than her husband.  A more empathetic one. Continue reading FAMILY VALUES @ THE STABLES THEATRE

A Town Named War Boy @ The Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library

A Town Named War Boy 2 - Inset image by Tracey Schramm
Production pics by Tracey Schramm

Australian playwright Ross Mueller has crafted this play-on commission- after going through the State Library’s very significant collection of First World War diaries, photographs  and letters. That is one helluva a brief!

The  approach that Mueller has taken is to structure his piece as a four-hander. We follow the lives of four young men from their enlistment in Sydney to the long boat ride that takes them to Cairo, from where they are then thrown into the war zone, into a town named war boy. Continue reading A Town Named War Boy @ The Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library

Switzerland

Sarah Peirse and Eamon Farren in Joanna Murray-Smith's SWITZERLAND. Pic Brett Boardman
Sarah Peirse and Eamon Farren in Joanna Murray-Smith’s SWITZERLAND. Pic Brett Boardmanis

I have just come home from seeing Switzerland. Joanne Murray Smith’s play is is as exotic, breath-taking and at times frosty as the great European  tourist destination.

This latest work is a bold, inspired flight of the imagination. A  great fan of American mystery writer Patricia Highsmith’s work, Murray-Smith has written a play in  her style and included her as the central character.

A masterful choice, as Highsmith makes for a great dramatic character. She was a very cantankerous, eccentric even bizarre woman who you can’t help but be drawn to. Continue reading Switzerland