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JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM : UPSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET

The subject of Steve Rodgers play, adapted from the novel by Peter Goldsworthy, is not Jesus. The subject is family, how devoted we are to it and how we will give everything to it.

Linda and Rick Pollard are a happy couple. They have two children, Ben and the younger child, Wol. Life is going smoothly.

The couple try and protect Ben and Wol from the harsher realities of life. They want them to be ‘bathed’ in love. They even banish the tv from their house as an unnecessary distraction from .the peaceful environment they are determined to live in.

Then one day, their girl Wol takes ill. They take her to the Doctor. The Doc organises a battery of tests. The results come back. Wol has leukaemia.

The perfect Pollard family world is rocked. The family goes into damage control. It isn’t helped when, in one scene, Wol completely ‘loses it’ and  screams out that she doesn’t want to be alone, she doesn’t want to die.

Darren Yap very sensitively directs this production and wins good performances from his cast. Matthew Whittet plays the idealistic  Nick. Liam Nunan is Ben who just wants to see his sister get better. Grace Truman gives a touching performance as Wol.

Valerie Bader doubles up as Grandma and Doctor Eve. Mark Lee plays Grandpa and the local priest.

My performance of the night was Emma Jackson’s as the very gritty, earthy mother, Linda.

Emma Vine’s compact set and costume design worked well as did  Max Lambert’s soundscape, underscoring the action.

A touching, sensitively wrought drama,  JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM plays upstairs at Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills until Sunday 8th March, 2020.

Featured image : Matthew Whittet and Emma Jackson in ‘Jesus wants me for a sunbeam’. Pic by Brett Boardman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALK : A NEW PLAY BY JONATHON BIGGINS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

Jonathon Biggins’ usual way of sharing his take on the world, in particular the world of politics, is through the Sydney Theatre Company’s  annual revue show, the Wharf Revue, a platform which he shares with fellow collaborators,  Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott.

This time, however, he has gone solo with a new play simply titled TALK, and it is his take on the state of the media in today’s world. He himself has been a media player, having been for a time, a  very laid-back, laconic broadcaster  on Sydney’s 2BL.

Biggins main character, radio shock jock John Behan, is anything but laid-back. Gung-ho and well irresponsible would be a much more apt description. On his radio program Behan has read out the criminal record of an alleged sex offender whose case was before the court. The police come knocking on his recording studio door, ready to arrest him for contempt of court. When his  producer advises him of the situation, he locks himself in his studio and continues broadcasting, ranting and revving up the community.             Continue reading TALK : A NEW PLAY BY JONATHON BIGGINS @ THE DRAMA THEATRE