To the curmudgeon who pontificated loudly, even during the show, that it wasn’t working. I don’t know you, even though we have been engaged in the closeness of watching theatre together. So I can’t take you for a drink to let you know that you are just plain wrong and need to take your elitist, out of touch, resistant attitude and just sod off. Me, and I could hear and see, the other 150 plus audience just loved THE HOLLOW CROWN, first in the two part ROSE RIOT season from Sport for Jove.
Playing at Bella Vista Farm, ROSE RIOT is two golden productions which are forged with vision, experience and coherent expression by a company who make bold choices, assemble extraordinary talent and encircle their audiences with enthralling beauty. There’s a reason why Shakespeare lends his name to an adjective. Reverence and relevance and the adventure of seeing the darknesses of great wrongs and the shiningness of majestic rights, all before our eyes with real voices, the musicality of poetry and a physicality that delights and engages. And ideas, always the ideas. Continue reading THE HOLLOW CROWN: A MAGNIFICENT PRODUCTION FROM SPORT FOR JOVE→
Echoes of school? Of P&F meetings where a quick scan of the agenda sees the acronym STEM leap at you and you know, you just know, that the Arts are going to get screwed. Not here. EAR TO THE EDGE OF TIME is STEAM storytelling, meticulously researched, rigorously interrogated and crafted with a Whovian blend of art and science and contemporary philosophy. With a narrative inspired by real events and gender inequality in the hardsciences as the imperative, Sport for Jove, director Nadia Tass and writer Alana Valentine have constructed an engrossing and relevant treatise about humanity’s relationship to the scholarship of factual and creative disciplines.
Martina is a PhD candidate working in the field of neutron star physics. Enter Daniel, a poet. These two have been buffeted together by invisible forces. They have separately accepted an offer to collaborate on a poem for a collection inspired by the sciences. The project is driven by Physicist Prof Geraldine Kell-Cantrell and Daniel has travelled to Parkes and Ubered out to the dish to meet with Martina. Making first contact is not going to be easy as she squawks her reluctance to leave her work in the dark: a revelatory discovery is within her grasp and her supervisor, Steven, is not one to interfere. Not actively anyway. Continue reading EAR TO THE EDGE OF TIME: HUMANITY IN THE SPACE BETWEEN THE DATA→
Australian playwright Sue Smith’s new play KRYPTONITE begins back in 1989 in the hallowed halls of Sydney University. Two young, idealistic students from very different backgrounds have a passionate affair. Dylan is a laidback, surfie type from Sydney’s northern beaches. Lian is a timid, highly strung exchange student from mainland China. Dylan is able to comfort Lian who is distressed by the recent horrific events that have taken place back home as a result of the Tinanmen Square student protests.
Their intense student affair evolves into a complex relationship that spans a quarter of a century at a time of enormous personal, social and political change.
Geordie Brookman expertly directs the action which plays ninety minutes straight through, his creative team led by set and costume designer Victoria Lamb and lighting designer Nicholas Rayment set the scene well, and his two actors, Tim Walter and Ursula Mills deliver compelling portrayals. Both their characters go on from being hippy students to establishing important careers; Dylan as a prominent federal politician, and Lian as one of her country’s leading mining executives.
Through the play there’s this sense of these two adventurous, determined souls swimming against the current…they love each other deeply however there are so many differences between them- in their values, their cultures, their governments… Can their great love survive the ever stronger rips?!
Recommended. A joint Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company production, Sue Smith’s KRYPTONITE opened at Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company on Tuesday 16th September and is playing until Saturday 18th October, 2014.
My husband returned from his daily dog walk, drenched from a sudden downpour of rain. He had been stopped in the park by a man who wanted to know the time and who then proceeded to deliver a half hour diatribe about how messed up the world is and it’s all because of technology. Eventually he shook my husband’s hand, thanked him for the chat and left. The delay meant my husband was caught in the rain and when he arrived home he noticed that the reasonably new guttering was overflowing. Once inside he banged his shin on the coffee table that had been moved for vacuuming. He wasn’t happy.
The familiar routine, order and placement of our time and space become second nature and we travel through our days without questioning or thinking, until something disrupts us. We only really notice when things are not working or in their usual spot or people randomly attack or interrupt us. We believe that we can control our time, homes, interactions and things. They are part of the way we establish our identity and attempt to organize our time and our lives.