Showing posts from August, 2017

Amnesia - Theatre Review

What: Amnesia When: 18 - 27 August 2017 Where: LongPlay Written by: Clancy Fraser Directed by: Hannah Smallman Performed by: Jeni Bezuidenhout and Palmer Marchese Jeni Bezuidenhout and Palmer Marchese Amnesia is a new play written by Clancy Fraser and being performed at LongPlay . It is produced by Short Straw which is Fraser's creative partnership with director Hannah Smallman . The play has been billed as a black comedy and it is definitely morosely funny in parts, but with a few tweaks Amnesia could be an exciting and clever psychological thriller. The story begins with Lucy ( Bezuidenhout ) finding herself in a kitchen with a dead body ( Marchese ). What unfolds is a finely crafted, table turning exploration of events which led to this moment and constantly asks the questions what will happen next? The play is strong and clever and the performers, whilst still learning their craft, give strong and detailed performances. My one tip for them it to remember to l

The Absence of Knowing - Theatre Review

What: The Absence of Knowing: Four Men & Dog Play When: 17 August - 3 September 2017 Where: La Mama Theatre Written by: Elvis Peeters Directed by: Richard Murphet Performed by: Tom Dent, Rob Meldrum, Emma Smith, Jackson Trickett, and Tim Wotherspoon. Set by: Eloise Kent Lighting by: Kris Chainey Sound by: Roger Alsop Stage Management by: Jackie Mates Emma Smith and Jackson Trickett Elvis Peeters is a Flemish playwright we have no familiarity with in Australia so it is only fitting that his work be brought to our attention by one of our leading theatre makers, Richard Murphet , in the season The Absence of Knowing at La Mama Theatre. Two of Peeters' plays - Four Men and Dog Play - are partnered in an explosive exploration of the emergence of post-truth theatre in this powerful and transformative night of story telling. We are constantly asking the question what comes after post-modern? Over the last decade it has become increasingly clear it is a world of po

The Exotic Lives Of Lola Montez! - Theatre Review

What: The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez! When 27 - 30 July 2017 Where: Her Majesty's Theatre Written by: Jackie Smith Directed by: Moira Finucane Performed by: Holly Durant and Caroline Lee Caroline Lee The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez! is the newest project by Finucane & Smith and is set to take the world by storm. Tracing the too amazing to be true life of notorious courtesan and performer Lola Montez (played by Caroline Lee ), born Marie Gilbert, the audience travels from County Cork throughout the exotic realms of Europe, to the USA and all the way to our very own Ballarat - returning to the place Montez hit the news by hitting the Editor of The Ballarat Times for giving her a bad review! (Note taken...) The show is enjoying it's world premier at Her Majesty's Ballarat this weekend. Written by multi-award winning playwright, Jackie Smith , The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez! is a monologue. A little too wordy in the first half of the show, the story of th