Once upon a time Perth playwright Johnny Grim had an idea – to stage a madcap fairytale that adults would enjoy.
Presented by his company A lad in sane productions at the Midland Junction Arts Centre this October, Fairytale of Sorts is partly inspired by the films A Knight’s Tale and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
“Besides a love of writing comedy material, I was also inspired by watching the hilarious television show Horrible Histories with my son,” Grim said.
“In a time long ago, in days before TV, Facebook, and X-Box 360s, villagers gathered in the town square to listen to the fanciful tales of the storytellers.
“Fairytale of Sorts harks back to those medieval times, as we join the good folk of Partridgedale and meet with a host of lovable misfit characters.”
Grim, who is also directing and acting in the play, said audiences should expect nothing but pure fun.
“It may differ from many plays in that there’s no ‘take-home’ message,” he said. “It’s a play for those who adhere to the old saying laughter is the best medicine.”
Fairytale of Sorts plays at 8pm October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 and 5pm October 21 and 28. All tickets are $15 – book on 0430 889 789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre is at 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland, near the corner of Cale Street.
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.