SHIT by Patricia Cornelius, opened as a part of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre.
The reviewers are saying:
“it’s heartening to see her (Patricia Cornelius’) latest play, Shit, become a highlight of this year’s Neon Festival of Independent Theatre… Shit is provocative and tragic, bracing and bitterly funny. It’s the sort of bold theatre that will have us confronting our own prejudices; that forces us to acknowledge these things of darkness ours.
The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald – Cameron Woodhead
Shit is astonishing independent theatre. I don’t understand why every theatre company in the country (and beyond) isn’t competing to get the next Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee play…. Cornelius’s writing leaves me shaking. Her dialogue sounds natural but it isn’t like spoken language. She makes the profane poetic and lets language be so much more than words with assumed meaning. Her text has shape and rhythm and feels like it’s beating to the heartbeats of her characters. It makes us listen to every “fuck” and “cunt” – and there are many – and really hear what they mean. And she only tells what needs to be told, leaving the subtext and the untold as the voice on stage that sneaks into your guts and doesn’t let go.
This Shit is why we go to theatre. This Shit is real… It’s astonishing theatre that needs to be presented as far as it can be seen. It’s unmissable.
AussieTheatre.com – Anne-Marie Peard
It dares to put three female characters on the stage who are rarely, if ever, given a theatrical voice. Rough, rude and irrevocably damaged, they are the kind of people most theatre goers would cross the street to avoid but, under the rich talents of the playwright and the extraordinary direction of Susie Dee, they make a compelling and heartbreaking subject…. Cornelius’s particular talent for turning flat, realistic speech into a kind of heightened street verse is on immediate display.
Shit is pretty much the shit. It conveys a world most of us would rather ignore, but it manages to do so without condescension or earnestness or cant. Cornelius and Dee have worked together for many years, and their humanity and skill have produced a killer play. It’s easily the best thing audiences have seen in the independent sector this year, and would make a stunning double bill with a trimmed down Savages on MTC’s main stage next year. In the meantime, audiences should flock to it while they can.
Time Out Melbourne – Tim Byrne
Cornelius is most interested, now as ever, in the connections between social stratification and anti-social behaviour. Here her particular theme is the is the oppression of women. And it’s pretty grim stuff: the accumulation of pain, humiliation, self-loathing and fear. And yet there’s something unexpectedly joyful about this latest production for the MTC’s Neon Festival of Independent Theatre.
Daily Review (Crikey) – Andrew Fuhrmann
Patricia Cornelius’ writing is economic, punchy and pointed…. It’s visceral and it’s a portrait of and a plea for these disregarded, written off, sub-bogan women who, of course, have histories that have beaten them into the shape Cornelius and Dee present to us with so much insight, but without apology.
Stage Whispers – Michael Brindley
To view a video of Patricia and Susie Dee talking about the play, click here.
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
David Williamson‘s Rupert opened over the weekend for the Auckland Theatre Company’s production.
ATC describes the play: Williamson’s irreverent and irresistible exposé of media, money, power and politics is sure to be 2015’s maverick theatrical event.
This is the show’s first international production following the success of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s season and transfer to Washington as well as Sydney’s Theatre Royal (produced by Daniel Sparrow).
For more information or to book tickets for the ATC’s season, click here.
Congratulations to Tommy Murphy on the World Premiere of Holding the Man which screened last night as the Closing Gala for Sydney Film Festival. The film is based on Timothy Conigrave’s bestselling memoir is an intimate account of his relationship with John Caleo, Tommy also penned the stage adaptation.
The reviewers are saying:
“the script crams in incident but feels light as a feather, and refreshingly free of maudlin sentiment.” The Hollywood Reporter
“Armfeld and Murphy show strength in their cultivation of intimacy, honesty and authenticity. The affection they depict is never less than moving, as conveyed through dexterous lead performances.” Screen Daily
“Holding the Man matches humour with devastation” Sydney Morning Herald
“the film is a funny, warm, gentle and understated affair which never shies away from the scale of the love story it portrays” Crikey – Daily Review
This production is contemporary, vital and mesmerizing…. Director Richard Cottrell allows his cast to animate the characters with energetic personality, while never giving way to self-indulgence or time wasting… Scenes progress with speed and imagination and the story feels effortlessly alive. Sport for Jove has grasped this play, coloured and shaped it into a living whole. It’s a pleasure to discover it with them.
Australian Stage – Daniel Morgan Potts
Cottrell’s production is characterised by outstanding clarity. The play is delivered crisply and clearly; emphasis is placed on ensuring that as few lines as possible slip out of the actor’s grasp.
Director Richard Cottrell moves the show along at a comedy clip; the tragedy happens in quieter moments, never missed or fully overshadowed, but never maudlin. It’s an invigorating take on the play, it’s clever and sophisticated.
AussieTheatre.com – Cassie Tongue
For more information on the production, click here.
Congratulations to Gary Foley who has been awarded The Red Ochre at the Australia Council’s 8th National Indigenous Arts Awards for his outstanding contribution to, and lifetime achievement in, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. The awards were held last night at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the involvement of Indigenous artists in propelling the artistic vibrancy and cultural life of Australia.
According to Australia Council Board Director Lee-Ann Buckskin, Gary was chosen as 2015’s Red Ochre Award recipient for his “pioneering work in Indigenous theatre, television, film, arts, culture and academia.”
“Gary Foley has been at the forefront of Indigenous arts, beginning with his acting debut in the revue Basically Black in 1972, various films and television series.
He has left a lasting legacy across Australia’s cultural and political landscape and is in the unique position of not only being part of history but also shaping it.”
To read more about the awards and Gary, please click here.
House on the Lake has opened at the Stables Theatre for Griffin Theatre Company. Kim Hardwick directs Aiden Fennessy’s thriller which stars Huw Higginson and Jeanette Cronin.
Razor sharp and tourniquet tight, The House on the Lake is a psychological thriller so crafty it’s criminal. Mired deep in layers of deception, it’s a puzzle of a play certain to engage the intellect and assault the nervous system.
“Hardwick’s direction is stunning and intelligent at every turn”. Daily Review – Crikey
“Kim Hardwick directs an absorbing production for Griffin Theatre Company, simply but eloquently staged” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph (Jo Litson)
“the sharpness of the writing in the lead-up is matched by the sharpness of every element in this taut, engrossing production directed by Kim Hardwick” Daily Review – Crikey
“Director, Kim Hardwick produces an ‘elegantly’ styled production with great confidence and an invisible control – no trendy Director’s tricks (fingerprints) here, just clarity to the kind of play she is in charge of and an artist’s modesty in controlling its unfolding” Kevin Jackson
For more information or to buy tickets, click here.
Congratulations to Kate Mulvany for receiving the Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Fellowship.
STC’s Artistic Director, Andrew Upton said: “I’m delighted that Kate Mulvany will be the Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow for the next year. She is a writer who is respected by fellow writers and audiences alike. She has a remarkable nose for story, be it a deeply personal one, like The Seed, or an adaption of a cherished novel like Jasper Jones. Kate’s ability to dramatise tragic events with humour and empathy makes her a very special writer. We look forward to welcoming Kate to The Wharf!”
Don’s Watson’s critically acclaimed meditation on the heartland of Australia, THE BUSH, has won ‘Book of the Year’ and the non-fiction award at the annual New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, held at the State Library of NSW on Monday 18 May.
The judges said Watson’s work ‘illuminates a kaleidoscopic subject central to our idea of ourselves”. Commenting on the range and themes of the work, they said: “Watson moves fluently between genres – social history, travelogue, nature writing, memoir – and produces memorable observations on every page … His vision finds room for mountain ash, weeds and the roses grown by farmers’ wives.’
Our congratulations to Don on his remarkable reviews and awards for his latest book.
Congratulations to client Michael Kalesniko who wrote the original story for Adam Jones. The Weinstein Company have announced that the film starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Jamie Dornan, will be released on October 2nd.
John Wells directs the feature about a Parisian chef’s fall from grace and subsequent relocation to London, where he starts assembling a team of talented chefs to realise his goal of creating the “greatest restaurant of all time”.