Crikey time has crept up on me. Two weeks until we go up and I still have so much to organise. In a sense, I have let the team down a little by not being more organised prior to this point. The cast themselves have been fantastic and will be the true strength of the play.
Additional audition date: Monday 21 August 2006
But get in quick, Sunday is full and there are only a few spots left on Monday!Louis Nowra's celebrated modern australian classic will be performed in the Dolphin Theatre in November 2006.
Alas, again I am writing a review when the show itself has finished its season proper. Again I ask, what do I have to do to be invited to previews or first nights like Gordon Goodonyer?
Anyway, the headline I would give to this, the latest offering from Kalamunda Dramatic Society (KADS), if I gave headlines, is "Keeping Faith With the TV Series". That in itself is quite an achievement, since there is a world of difference between the way a television show and a live theatre production is scripted, so a degree of 'adaption' is inevitable.
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'Still Here' stars Alex Manfrin and Malcolm Dix at the Blue Room. They have the late slot of 9.00 until the 12th August.
The show, which is mainly a blend of standup comedy and irreverent sketches, starts with a video look back at Perth's 'culture' over the last 30 years. In actual fact the show starts in the lounge outside where the waiting audience are asked to buy a rose from a Russian flower seller (Alex).
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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.