Fury by Joanna Murray-Smith

What happens when the offspring you have brought into the world in good faith, smothering it with love and guidance, turns out to be a monster? After years of cohabitation with your beloved creation, you suddenly are confronted one day with a teenage daughter or son who holds views and values that are anathema to your own? This is at the core of Fury by Joanna Murray-Smith and this Victorian premiere plumbs the pitfalls of parenting and everything that comes with managing the passions of youth.

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DE STROYED by Suzanne Chaundry & Jillian Murray

 

An approving and contented murmur rippled through the audience as the final lighting cue faded ending DE STROYED, a 70-minute monologue performance which sets out to evoke the life, times and works of French writer, Simone de Beauvoir. Actor Jillian Murray’s depiction of de Beauvoir is superlative. This production covers aspects of the author’s life, clears up the misconceptions, injects humour into very serious subjects and is extremely well staged to boot.

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Bliss by Peter Carey/Tom Wright

 

Everyone has their own views on privileged white men in our society. What Peter Carey’s novel Bliss does, written four decades ago, is to present one of these 1980s privileged white man with an actual conscience and also one who has the capacity for self-reflection. This is one of the intriguing aspects of the novel that is translated to the stage so well by playwright Tom Wright in this new adaptation.

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Antony and Cleopatra at Bell Shakespeare

The story of Antony and Cleopatra is excellently conveyed by Bell Shakespeare Company in their first production for the 2018 season. Despite a muted contemporary-styled setting that seems to look either like a bland but comfortable living room in the suburbs or a nondescript meeting room in some inner city hotel reception room, most of the characters’ passions, anxieties and desires can be easily identified by the audience.

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Right Now by Catherine-Anne Toupin

The grim reality of life often is alleviated by joyful imaginings and our quest to indulge in the fantastical. This is one of the main themes in Catherine-Anne Toupin’s play, Right Now, published by the French-Canadian writer in February 2016. Sitting through this theatrical work is akin to walking through a dream ballet sequence from one of those old time musicals, although this is a much darker romp. Dare to take a strong inhale of those smelling salts and be taken to the world of Toupin’s characters.

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Cock by Mike Bartlett

Baker’s Dozen Theatre Company has done justice to this early work by the very- established playwright and TV screenwriter, Mike Bartlett. Bartlett wrote Cock when he was in his late 20s and it wowed the London audience at the Royal Court theatre and went on to win the Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in affiliate theatre in 2010. It is a thrilling venture into the landscape of young love conveying the angst, highs and shattering disappointments such terrain can bring.

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Colder by Lachlan Philpott

Colder, by Lachlan Philpott, is a play that coaxes us into accepting how joyless life can get at times. A play that centres around the experience of loss and grief is going to do this quite easily. The ‘not knowing’ aspect of loss, the facing up to the fact that there may be no answers, is the main theme of the text and this is carefully and, for the most part, beautifully conveyed.

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