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Sailing South by Judith Prior PDF Print E-mail

Directed by Norma Braddock

"Judith Prior’s piece lays no claims to depth or subtlety – it is described in the publicity as “a rollicking romp of unlikely proportions set on the high seas on the way to Australia” – so no-one need expect sophistication. There are two main scenes, one set in a court of law as various felons are sentenced to transportation, and the other on board the transport ship, with the Judge turned Captain and the convicts as crew. The text is larded with songs (audience participation compulsory), limericks, slapstick and one-line jokes. All of which seems much funnier than it deserves when one has eaten a delicious dinner washed down by a little wine. The ‘restaurant’ side of this theatre-restaurant experience was a huge success and the group is to be congratulated on excellent catering and superb organisation – something not always achieved by every group who attempts it. All of which contributed to an atmosphere of warmth and conviviality, giving the actors every chance to relax and enjoy themselves. ... Clearly the cast enjoyed themselves and the director was proud of what she and they had achieved. Sue Watson and her team devised a very attractive set, the costumes looked good, the music contributed to the atmosphere and the audience was delighted and appreciative." Maureen Strugnell, www.stagediary.com, 29 July 2007

 
Shadowlands by William Nicholson PDF Print E-mail

Directed by Brenda White

"By the way, we saw "Shadowlands" the other night and my only complaint is my hands hurt from clapping. Absolutely beautiful" via e-mail - 30.05.07

"To the Cast of Shadowlands,
Thank you for a most enjoyable evening last Saturday. Your portrayal of C S Lewis’ latter years was superbly acted. The players of the lead characters of Jack, Warnie & Joy can justly take a bow – you were magnificent in every detail!" via e-mail - 28 May 2007

"Hi. Just want to let you know that [we] thoroughly enjoyed Shadowlands. The cast were excellent and portrayed the story of C. S. Lewis in a very strong and realistic way. Would you please give our thanks to everyone involved in the production. [We] felt very welcome at the theatre - it was like a little family. Thank you for such a lovely night. Bless you, " via e-mail - 26 May 2007

"It is the story of writer C.S. “Jack” Lewis and the love that came to him later in life in the person of American poet, divorcee Joy Gresham. ... The action mainly focused on this pair, with interaction with Jack and his bachelor brother Major W.H. “Warnie” Lewis ...... and fellow academics who wandered in an out of the plot line to add bits of information. These roles and sundry other characters were played by a bunch of competent actors ..... But the lynchpin of this production is the lead roles. They need to be acted out to the highest degree or the play, despite a fine script, would fade to oblivion. Director Brenda White was clever in casting two of Brisbane’s best community theatre actors for the show .... Sue Watson’s design worked well and covered several locations adequately. There was also some imaginative work behind the scrim ... it is a production well worth a visit." Eric Scott, www.absolutetheatre.com.au - 14 May 2007

 

 
Silly Cow by Ben Elton PDF Print E-mail

Directed by Rod Felsch

"The silly cow of the title is TV columnist Doris, a battleship of a woman who sees her job to titillate her readers and infuriate actors with her venomous and personal attacks on celebrities. .... That is the premise of a very funny play with plenty of twists, one-liners and outside-of-the-square characters. There is little Ben Elton writes that is not funny and this is no exception. ... How things twist and turn towards the final scene I won’t go into, nor how it ends. You’ll have to go and see it to find that out. You’ll have a pleasant night at the theatre if you do." Eric Scott - www.absolutetheatre.com.au - 3 March 2007

 


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