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IT’S DARK OUTSIDE
Come in, it’s dark outside. The typical motherly warning takes on a deeper meaning in this new play by Tim Watts,
Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs. Telling the story of a man suffering from dementia, the talented trio explore with thoughtful
sensitivity what happens when you lose the world as you know it. “We didn’t intend to make an accurate portrayal of
Alzheimer’s,” says Tim. “But chatting to people afterwards who have been affected by it, the show has managed to
capture something true for them.” Employing a combination of puppetry, music, animation and live-action performance
to make that portrayal was a deliberate decision for Chris. “It allows us to create a place where we can be playful in our
storytelling and have the audience come on that journey with us,” he says. “We’re interested in how to tell certain things
in different ways; how visual images can create moments for an audience.” Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Jul 23-25 .
Black Swan State Theatre Company’s season of Gasp!
by Ben Elton, opens this October and guarantees
laughs with the writer’s signature dark humour.
State Theatre Centre, Oct 25-Nov 9.
Black Swan State Theatre company’s artistic director
Kate Cherry has been waiting for the right moment
to tackle Anton Chekhov’s moving play The Seagull.
When the beloved Greta Scacchi became available to
play to lead role, Kate knew the time was right for her
to step into the director’s role, and is quick to point
out the parallels between the star and the character
she will bring to life. “Greta is a beautiful woman and
a brilliant actress who is returning to Perth, where she
will be surrounded by people who adore her,” Kate
explains. “She is playing Arkadina, who is a brilliant,
beautiful actress returning to her family’s country
estate for a holiday. I think Perth audiences will be
as thrilled as I am that Greta is returning. She is
loved by audiences and fellow artists.” State Theatre
Centre, Aug 9-31.
Damien Ryan directs a breakout contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare’s Henry V as a play within a play – think
Inception, but without espionage and fortresses. The dark classic is being repurposed to the tune of a true tale that
occurred during the London Blitz of 1941. A group of boys (some definite eye candy if you’re so inclined) are confined
to a bunker for 57 consecutive nights and rehearse and perform different plays each week. Acting out Henry V works
as a form of escape and reflection for the boys living through WWII and, according to Damien, the production encourages
“powerful contemporary parallels” within the audience, too. Using 10 actors to bring to life a 40-character play stays
true to Shakespeare’s legacy. “He challenges his actors and his audience to believe that a few straggling players, with
a bunch of inadequate props and settings, can somehow tell the greatest underdog story of military victory in history,”
Damien says. State Theatre Centre, Jul 23-26 .
Greta Scacchi plays Arkadina
in The Seagull (photography
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