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BLOOD BANK @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Inset pic- Tom Stokes and Gabrielle Scawthorn in  Christopher Harley's BLOOD BANK. Featured pic- Gabrielle Scawthorn and Meredith Penman. Production photography by Clare Hawley
Inset pic- Tom Stokes and Gabrielle Scawthorn in Christopher Harley’s BLOOD BANK. Featured pic- Gabrielle Scawthorn and Meredith Penman. Production photography by Clare Hawley

The randomness of life…matters of chance…that we are all living in a kind of fog….that we need to live in the moment.. to deal with the lousy stuff that life deals us as best we can, and make the very best of those  good moments/times when we do get them…not to hold on too tightly to things as they will pass…This was what  I felt Christopher Harley was saying with his eloquent, easy to relate to new play which is given an impressive first production by Antony Skuse and a very fine cast and production team.

Gabrielle Scawthorn plays the main character; a restless, kooky, feisty young woman, Abbey. Gabrielle is charismatic in the role, playing the kind of character that one could imagine a young Goldie Hawn playing. Abbey carries and drives the action of the play. My feeling was that she was the author’s voice in the play. Continue reading BLOOD BANK @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O'Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley
Inset pic- Danielle Carter and Sam O’Sullivan. Featured pic- Sean Taylor and Danielle Carter. Production pics by Clare Hawley

MY ZINC BED, by award-winning and provocative playwright David Hare, made its debut at The Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2000. Its carefully crafted eloquence and finesse continues to attract audiences.  Mark Kilmurry’s current production is vibrant and funny with an appropriate underlying sadness throughout.

Husband Victor Quinn is a masterful raconteur whose colourful past had its roots in the communist party, at one time greatly popular with intellectuals and philosophers.  His transformation over the years brings him into the corporate world as a highly successful founder of an IT company.  Despite this success and wealth, Victor has not lost his penchant for the less fortunate and vulnerable.

Sean Taylor gives a magnificent performance as Victor, charismatic and complex, brimming with the relentless ability to win an argument, which can lead Victor to play dangerous games. Continue reading MY ZINC BED @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE

Blue/Orange

Sean Taylor, Ian Meadows and Darian Nkono in Joe Penhall's BLUE ORANGE
Sean Taylor, Ian Meadows and Darian Nkono in Joe Penhall’s BLUE ORANGE. Pics Clare Hawley

Psychiatry is surely the most nebulous and volatile of all the chosen medical careers and the gravity of the profession played a substantial part in the extensive media coverage during our recent Mental Health Week.

English playwright Joe Penhall takes an adventurous leap into the complexities of psychiatry and mental health in his multi-award winning play, BLUE/ORANGE.

The underlying seriousness of the play is counterpointed by Penhall’s clever humour, – his ability to use razor-sharp wit and exotic ideas to keep one step ahead of his audience.

Director Anna Crawford, (with the help of assistant director Jo-Anne Cahill, a wonderful production team and outstanding cast of actors), has created an energetic and balanced production, containing all the elements of raw emotion, perplexity, humour and neuroses, enabling the audience to ponder, – who’s mad and who’s sane? Continue reading Blue/Orange