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In addition to staging Jason Robert Brown’s PARADE at the Rivergum Theatre, Parade College in March 2012, WATERDALE will also be staging a 2012 production of:

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VIC

*drumroll* ... ARC Theatre presents 'The Breakfast Club': A Feature.

What’s that? The Breakfast Club can be a PLAY? But isn’t it a movie?! What is GOING ON?

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VIC

The Breakfast Club - Win 1 of 4 tickets

WIN 1 of 4 double passes to see the 1980's classic The Breakfast Club presented by ARC Theatre

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VIC

Williamstown Little Theatre announces Compleat Female Stage Beauty cast!

Williamstown Little Theatre is thrilled to officially announce the cast and crew for their April/May production of Compleat Female Stage Beauty:

 
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VIC

MDMS Announce How to Succeed Cast

MDMS is proud to present the cast for their June 2012 production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING.

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VIC

Round and Round the Garden

Dates: 
Thursday, 8th March 2012 - Saturday, 31st March 2012

THEATRE:      The 1812 Theatre
PLAY:              Round and Round The Garden

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VIC

The Unexpected Guest

Dates: 
Wednesday, 31st October 2012 - Saturday, 10th November 2012

The Therry Dramatic Society proudly presents
an Agatha Christie intriguing murder mystery

The Unexpected Guest   

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SA

Moon Over Buffalo

Dates: 
Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 - Saturday, 1st September 2012

The Therry Dramatic Society proudly presents
hysterical happenings and daft doings

Moon Over Buffalo   

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SA
TP Review: 

The Wizard of Oz

Dates: 
Wednesday, 6th June 2012 - Saturday, 16th June 2012

The Therry Dramatic Society proudly presents
a magical trip down the yellow brick road

The Wizard of Oz

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SA
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A View of Concrete

TP Rating: 
3
Venue: 
Long Play

The animals are committing suicide, the clouds have turned phosphorus purple and there isn’t a star in the night sky; the world is ending. What kind of apocalyptic, hypothetical nightmare is this? It’s Melbourne, 2003.

A View of Concrete is the tale of four interconnected people dealing with, for lack of a better word, life. Meet Neil (James Deeth); a drug dealing, book reading, advice giving professional who supplies people with a means to escape. One such person is Billy (Renee Francis). Billy wants to live with the fairies in her Jacaranda tree, literally; in fact, so much so, when she was younger she suffered from acute anorexia which she hoped would make her small enough to fit into the tree. Now, however, she is trying MDMA and Special K (not the cereal). Billy’s good friend is Jacquie (Josephine Clark), who is convinced that the government is intentionally keeping the truth from us so that the corporations can make enough money to one day leave our world and find another when Earth is uninhabitable; much in the same way Venus is now. There are problems closer to home though, according to Jacquie’s boyfriend James (Adrian Dart), who uses (copious amounts of) speed to keep an eye on his neighbour, who he is convinced is a terrorist. This motley crew, while seemingly a little bit left field, are really manifestations of society’s paranoia in one form or another and in reality are not too far from the truth. 

Freefall productions have staged A View of Concrete on what I can only assume is a small budget. This is by no means a problem and I make this observation as proof that one does not need a large budget to put on a good show. It becomes a matter of simply finding the right team; that’s more than half the battle. For the most part, Freefall have chosen a great production team and an experienced cast. Director Suzie Thomas understands that the purpose of costumes, lighting and set is simply in order to enhance the play; so, instead of trying too hard or complicating things, keeps everything quite minimal and natural. The one problem was often with the lighting, which occasionally didn’t illuminate the actors successfully, but the intimacy of the theatre was forgiving. Together, Thomas and her team (Matthew Adey, Adrian Cabrie, et al) make the little theatre serve its purpose, which is, more or less, Gareth Ellis’ script.

I got the impression that Thomas really left the actors to develop their characters on their own as it felt as though they were all bringing something personal to their roles. The dry sardonicism coming from James Deeth was perfect for the character Neil. Similarly, the shrill panic from Josephine Clark fitted well with Jacquie and the nervous, irritable and twitchiness brought to James by Adrian Dart was used wonderfully for comedic effect. Renee Francis as Billy was an odd one, and the only one that never seemed to really find something unique about her character. She fitted in well with the ensemble and was a lovely actress but never quite rose to juxtapose herself with the others. As an ensemble they were tight, they enunciated, they were well paced and energetic.  To capitalise on this, Thomas’ blocking seemed minimal (admittedly it was a small space), not overly creative, but fitting for the piece.

In summation, A View of Concrete errs on the side of three stars, however could have fallen on four. It is a rough gem which accomplishes much with little (which is not to undermine or underestimate anyone involved). If you happen to be in the area I would encourage people to see the show, enjoy a drink and see a piece of Australian theatre which has been brought to life. 

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VIC
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