Pictured above- Refugees in a boat- Forever Tupou, Henriette Tkalec, Che Baines, Shane Millward and Simon Lee. Featured photo- Forever Tupou, Tiffany Hoy, Henriette Tkalec and Jepke Goudsmit. Production photography by Saha Jones.
For decades, the Kinetic Energy Theatre Company has been unerringly committed to championing the woes of the underdog,– the confused, accused and misused.
None so more than their current production, REFUGE. With the depiction of asylum seekers and detainees as mere statistics and nameless numbers, we can forget that they are also fellow human beings, most of whom have endured great suffering without any criminal convictions. REFUGE aims to undo the demonisation.
Cryptically, Performance Art which touches me always seems just slightly out of my reach… minimally but distantly un-understandable, despite how I strive for elucidation. Ergo, artists who create work which elicits a response in me, often appear to have secret knowledge. An understanding and a private world of which their creation is only an echo. Watching FEMME FATALE, the opening show of Old 505’s Freshworks Season, is 50 beautifully realised minutes of wanting to know more.
There is clarity and obfuscation in this space where three women await the audience yet don’t acknowledge or respond to the influx of viewers. They appear lost in their contemplation of their reflection in an evocative set . When the performance begins, we understand that we know them. Any good feminist knows Lilith, Adam’s first wife from Jewish folkloric tradition. Eve, the Biblical wife of Adam is also there. The other woman is Pandora, in Greek mythology the first female creation of the Gods. All are known for their misdeeds in leaving Adam, eating the apple and opening the jar to unleash evil in the world. Continue reading FEMME FATALE @ THE OLD 505 THEATRE→
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→
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