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DEBRIEF WITH FESTIVAL FATALE GM, TARA CLARK

This Image: SPARROW: Susie Conte
Featured Image: MONSTER/WOMAN Sabrina D’Angelo

After the success of FESTIVAL FATALE brought to you by WITS [Facebook]  at Eternity Playhouse on October 27, The Guide had the chance to catch General Manager and Producer, Tara Clark to ask about this year’s event.

SAG:      Thanks for talking with us again. Have you had any chance to catch up on some sleep?

TARA:    Sleep! Not quite yet, but soon. Often post event wrap-up is just as exhaustive as the pre-planning, so there are still some loose ends that need tying up, but I did just have my first weekend off in about 3 months, which was very nice and very needed!

SAG:      So the Festival had big numbers again, I think it’s obvious that there’s a desire for women’s work to stand alone. What did your number crunching tell you? Continue reading DEBRIEF WITH FESTIVAL FATALE GM, TARA CLARK

FESTIVAL FATALE 2018: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT ?

Featured photo of Tara Clark by Roman Wolczak

FESTIVAL FATALE 2018 from WITS will return to the Eternity Playhouse on Saturday 27th October following a hugely successful inaugural festival in 2016.  We had the opportunity to speak to festival General Manager and Producer, Tara Clark.

SAG:      Thank you for making time to speak to our readers in such a busy lead-up to the festival. Perhaps you could tell us about WITS, ‘Women In Theatre and Screen’.
TARA:    Absolutely. So WITS was formed in 2016 specifically at the time in response to a lack of gender parity in Australian theatre but also in screen.

And it was formed by a collective of women working in the industry in different areas: actors, union representatives etc.   I don’t know if you remember 2016, but the Darlinghurst Theatre season announcement, to say it had a lack of female presence, is an understatement really.  I think out of all their writers, directors they curated one woman playwright and zero woman directors. Continue reading FESTIVAL FATALE 2018: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT ?

TWO PEAS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DRIFT – AN AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE- @ ATYP STUDIO 1

 

Lauren Pegus + Olivia Jubb Challito Browne + Adam Kovarik 3 Lauren Pegus + Alex Packard

The Two Peas Theatre Company has yet again come up with great independent theatre entertainment with its new production,  DRIFT by Tara Clark and Kieran Foster and directed by Clark

This was almost perfect drama with an intimate style of presentation and featured strong characterisations from the very talented cast. The dialogue, with the blend of honesty and heart, was a  gift for each of the six young actors.

DRIFT was a complex exploration of poignant life altering relationships and the woes of Generation-X relationships. Continue reading TWO PEAS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DRIFT – AN AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE- @ ATYP STUDIO 1

TWO PEAS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TARA CLARK AND KIERAN FOSTER’S PLAY ‘DRIFT’ @ ATYP STUDIO 1

Featured Image by Lee Nutter.

The only solution to grief is to grieve. It’s as simple as that. You just have to grit your teeth and go through it.

You can try to bury it; to stow it away in the darkest cavities inside you, but grief grows thick and wet like moss in the dark.

You can try to ignore it, or pretend you don’t know it, but sooner or later it shows up on your doorstep, bags packed and intending on staying a while.

You can try to drown it, but you can be assured that the motherfucker will learn to swim.

The only way to learn this, is to have something to grieve for.

Funny, tender and deeply felt, DRIFT is an homage to young adulthood in all its guts as well as its glory. It is the follow up to Clark’s critically acclaimed Jennifer Forever, described by one critic as “such a brave and bold accomplishment” (Steve Zipper-Theatre Unzipped).

The fourth production by Two Peas, the indie theatre company who “rescued David Mamet’s Edmond” (Lisa Thatcher) and whose inaugural production We’re Bastards was described as “a great example of how the smaller theatre companies in Sydney are really knocking it out of the ball park” (Joy Minter).

DRIFT is the company’s third presentation of new Australian work.

DATES
July 20th to 30th, 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm Sunday 24th

VENUE- ATYP Theatre, 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

For more about Drift, visit http://www.thetwopeas.com/#!drift/vjjfz
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Two Peas Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s EDMOND @ Old 505 Theatre

Oleg Pupovac as Edmond and Naomi Livingstone as Glenna
Oleg Pupovac as Edmond and Naomi Livingstone as Glenna in Two Peas Theatre Company’s production of EDMOND

On their Facebook page, Two Peas, the production company behind EDMOND playing at Old 505 theatre, have called the Sydney independent theatre “you inconsistent thing you” and bemoan their current low ticket sales for the season. And they are right. You can build it but they still might not come. I am going to try encouraging you to go to this production, mainly because of what they have built.

The title character, Edmond has an unplanned encounter with a fortune teller who sees him as being in the wrong place. For some reason a series of inner workings begin to move inside him. He leaves his wife, ranges around the city in search of sex at the cheapest price, and assaults or kills almost everyone he meets. He is both driven and apathetic, and purposeful yet blown by circumstances. Edmond thinks that he is free because the middle aged businessman he was just up and left. Continue reading Two Peas Theatre Company presents David Mamet’s EDMOND @ Old 505 Theatre

JENNIFER FOREVER

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JENNIFER FOREVER perfectly suits this great venue, and is an intense and thought-provoking exploration of the complexity of sins and of learned habits within two un-married lifestyles, with some emphasis on the man’s evil fixation on young women, and this despicable taboo that is bad and unforgivable.

Brilliantly executed piece of provocative new theatre (for mature audiences), tackles by gleeful confrontations between the Man and the Girl, what is unfortunately an all too common evil in our modern society, and whilst initially misleading, but in this surreal reality, everything is not quite what you are expecting. They both choose to enter into a predatorial fight, but who is prey and who is predator? Continue reading JENNIFER FOREVER