‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ is a comedy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Mamet. This is the first production in Western Australia with an all-female cast. It is being produced by the Little y Theatre Company, the winners of the 2011 Blue Room Theatre’s Best Production Award. The mission of this young group, who have travelled the world and individually won numerous prestigious awards, is to create a go-ahead and candid theatre that inspires and cultivates a Gen Y audience.
‘Broken Valley’ is a magnificent, recent play by one of WA’s leading playwrights, Reg Cribb. ‘Broken Valley’ had a reading at The Belvoir in Sydney in 2009. Out of 150 entrants, it was a finalist in the Griffin $10,000 script competition.
‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ was written by Colorado born author, Ken Kesey. The book was then adapted for the stage by playwright, Dale Wasserman.
As a youngster, Kesey almost made the Olympic wrestling team, missing out after a shoulder injury. He started writing Cuckoo’s Nest at the age of 23 yrs, whilst studying at Stanford University. He finished the book in 1962, after gaining a great deal of inside information by being a guinea pig for heavy drug experiments at the local Veterans’ Hospital.
‘Short Worx’ is a set of three monologues written by the award winning writer from Fremantle, Kerry Bowden. This presentation by The Strawboat Collective appeared at the Black Box Theatre, Upstairs at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street, Fremantle. The one-hour performances ran until the 4th November.
‘Of God And Wenches’ is a double bill, comprising ‘God (A Comedy in One Act)’ an off-the-planet play by the 76 year old, Bronx born comedian, Woody Allen; this has been coupled with ‘The Rover / Redux’ by Aphra Behn, the daring seventeenth century writer, who was possibly the first British female playwright.
A play rehearsal is interrupted by the arrival of a divided family who have been abandoned by their creator and are seeking an author, ‘any author’, to give them a ‘definitive artistic form’ so their stories may be staged. While the first performance of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author to a Rome audience in May 1921 was almost booed off the stage it has gone on to have many successful seasons and is still a major part of the theatrical repertoire. The play, in part, is Pirandello’s attack on the Italian theatre of the time, with its actor-managers and star-systems, its stock characterisations, and its standard repertoire of romantic melodramas. However, it is a play on many levels. It raises questions about the nature of reality, of what constitutes identity, and how we can gauge what is truth. On another level it is a hysterical romantic melodrama about a warring family who live out their emotions on the skin. And, it is also a deeply tragic revenge narrative – a tale of betrayal, adultery, suicide and death. Students enrolled in theatre studies at UWA present this very physical, at times comedic, and often provocatively philosophical play, virtually uncut and unlike many productions we choose not to attempt to modernise it into the contemporary world of electronic media.