This show is an offshoot of Australian comedian James Galea’s television series of the same name which premiered on Australian television back in July 2017. The series saw Galea journey in search of the holy grail of magic, the best trick ever.
Perhaps those of us who crave intimacy in our theatre going prefer a small story… a family, a young man adrift. Those of us who choose challenge and ideas beyond our smallness might want the immersion of symbols and history… place and a codified seeking of understandings.
THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW has just completed a successful season for the National Theatre of Parramatta at Riverside Theatre. It was the perfect blend of human story and world view. Warm and funny and human and thought-provoking.
We meet Michael before the show starts as he sits and writes on his laptop. This year 10 student is the chronicler of his family. He is our guide and speaks directly to the audience to explain, point stuff out and give his adolescent view on close to home events. He scribbles his life on a small flip page notepad.
He’s in the shadow of his older brother Dominic who is adored and indulged by his mother. His black sheep Auntie Leena also adores and indulges ‘The Dom’ but her compassion for Michael is equally limitless. It’s a bit hard to see where Michael fits into the existence around him until we meet his grandfather. Pops isn’t doing too well at the end of a life lived in one place but in him we see the man that the boy might become after the catastrophic central event of the text. There is big picture storyteller and keeper of worlds to be nurtured in Michael. Continue reading THE INCREDIBLE HERE AND NOW : FELICITY CASTAGNA’S NOVEL COMES TO THE STAGE→
HAKAWATI is an Arabic word which translates to “teller of tales”. Stay with me now as, oddly, I quote Dolly Parton from Facebook in 2010 “My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order”. Go Dolly!
Moving on. We all have our weaknesses and I also have food at the head of my own list. But next in line for me is stories… old, new, sad, uplifting, about my world, about other lives … I don’t have a preference. How intrigued was I then to hear about HAKAWATI, playing in Parramatta as part of the Sydney Festival!