You may wonder what motivates people after their working day to venture out to a draughty hall to take part in a drama class. Given that most people are self-conscious and shrink from carrying out a drama teacher’s demands to forget the self and behave in all kinds of embarrassing ways (pretend you’re a hungry cat, she might say, or fly like a bird) or that most people are appalled by the prospect of speaking in public, why do people enroll in a drama class?
Bangarra’s disturbingly powerful Bennelong gives us a sense of what it might have been like to be born into a crucial moment of time when the harmonious existence of an ancient peoples was ruptured by the entry of an aggressive imperial power.
A powerful piece of verbatim theatre, based on interwoven and edited testimonies, Talking with Terrorists shows the complexity and perhaps intractability of terrorism. Particularly topical at the moment in view of Manchester and Jakarta, the play condemns unlawful use of violence and intimidation to gain political ends but also asks its audience to consider how and why individuals become involved in terrorist activity.
Winning the Pultizer Prize in 2005, Doubt is tightly constructed, topical and gripping theatre. Written in 2004 at a time when the Catholic Church was coming under scrutiny for having failed to take action against alleged child abusers, the play raises the confronting question of what is right action in an uncertain situation.
Amidst the turbulence of the 1960s, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal and stern Catholic nun, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of…
This charming, clever and very entertaining adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved fables from The Jungle Book is an absolute must for the school holidays. Fast-paced, it holds its young audience’s attention from start to finish, the songs are clever and catchy and a superb cast provides some very funny stage action as well as meaningful moments.
In late March an ensemble comprising experienced actors alongside tenants of the Waterloo housing community staged an original play entitled Turning Towers.
A sell-out season of the Pultizer Prize-winning musical South Pacific was staged by Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in late March.
Is an unexamined life worth living? Clearly, Edith Campbell Berry (a vivacious Sonia Todd), the central character of Alana Valentine’s adaption of Frank Moorhouse’s novel, Cold Light, does not think so. Her summation of her own 70 years of existence is that she gave everything to participate but briefly in the making of the historical moment but she “bungled her inner life”.
The frequently performed Under Milk Wood described by its author as “a play for voices” was originally intended to be a radio play. It is, perhaps, better heard than seen but its enchanting mix of poetry, poignancy and sly comedy makes it an attractive choice for small theatres. Overall, Ylaria’s Rogers’s production is well balanced allowing the sly jokes and sexual innuendo to have their place but at the same time keeping a sense of the strange wonder at the universal ironies of human existence.