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A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Genesians

Jack McMahon as Demetrius and Catherine Davies as Helena. Photography by Mark Banks
Jack McMahon as Demetrius and Catherine Davies as Helena. Photography by Mark Banks

At first glance over the program and cast list for this production, the feint-hearted traditionalist could be excused for having some concerns. Shakespeare’s classic is now to be seen through Australian eyes, with ‘Beach Bums’ and ‘Hippies’ replacing the Players and Fairies.

However such fears are short lived. Any potential cringing is replaced with sheer enjoyment. Debbie Smith’s beautifully bright beach-to bush set and well-directed cast burst off the stage making us quickly at home. The reworking succeeds and the increased humour is performed with slick precision along the way. Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ The Genesians

The Winslow Boy @ The Genesian

David Stewart-Hunter as Arthur Winslow, Meg Mooney as Violet, Lois Marsh as Grace Winslow and Tom Massey as Desmond Curry. Pics Mark Banks

The Genesian Theatre continues to display its flair with British period drama via Terence Rattigan’s play THE WINSLOW BOY.

Ratigan’s play, written in 1946, is based on real life events from 1908 where a naval cadet accused of theft is treated badly by the admiralty. A lengthy, public and expensive battle by the family with an infamous barrister of the time involves a strong opposition to the brute strength of the forces and government in pre-war London.

Rattigan creates a juicy family drama which goes above and beyond the simple matter of the theft. The Winslow family is not as comfortable as others financially. Their untrained domestic help is actually a type of foster child. Their intelligent daughter, Catherine, approaching thirty, is unmarried and a suffragette. Their middle child Dickie is at Oxford but struggling academically. Continue reading The Winslow Boy @ The Genesian