The Lady in the Van: She’s safe and reliable

This production is directed by Dean Bryant, stars Miriam Margoyles and, at first glance, encapsulates everything I am wary of when it comes to main stage theatre. A reliance on a famous international actor (albeit one that has recently become an Australian citizen), partnered with a well known international play and a resident director. It is very safe, even by the standards of Melbourne Theatre … Continue reading The Lady in the Van: She’s safe and reliable

BECOME THE ONE: Not quite ‘the one’

Become the One, written by Adam Fawcett and directed by Lyall Brooks, has made its onstage debut this February as part of Midsumma 2019. The work, co-presented by Lab Kelpie and Gasworks Arts Park, promises to be a fearless exploration of hyper masculinity packaged within a queer love story. From the outset it’s funny, it’s charismatic and it’s also a total cliché. Tom (Chris Asimos), … Continue reading BECOME THE ONE: Not quite ‘the one’

Cock: Comedic but unsettling

Director Beng Oh’s production of Cock by Mike Bartlett returns after a 2018 season at The Stables, Meat Market, and is now being staged at the inimitable fortyfivedownstairs as part of Midsumma 2019. Cock centres around John (Matthew Connell), who’s in a seven-year relationship with a man M (Shaun Goss). Having long identified openly as gay, John finds himself attracted to a woman W (Marissa O’Reilly). The play’s tension … Continue reading Cock: Comedic but unsettling