Our April picks for community theatre
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
In reviewing the premiere production of Waking Up Dead, Age reviewer Cameron Woodhead described the writing as exploring the ‘contours of love’ – a perfect description. This is a sensational choice for a one-woman show (with the option of a second actor/operator onstage). Apparently inspired by the sensational murder of Herman Rockefeller, a Melbourne businessman and, as it turned out, swinger, Trudy Hellier has created a monologue for a woman whose husband has been murdered in similar circumstances. The text is a rich exploration of the journey of a relationship, from youthful love to the terrible reveal that ends the relationship. This is a tour-de-force for an actress and a huge treat for any audience.
Bacon and Eggs is by Chris Edmund, for many years Head of Directing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Edmund’s years as a teacher and director at WAAPA have given him a beautiful insight into the possibilities of both the actor and the form. This is a character-based piece and starts with the conceit of two young (Australian) actors touring a fairly terrible devised play to the Dublin Fringe being confronted by artist Francis Bacon. It has some serious thematic strands, but it is very funny and deliciously theatrical. A great bon bon for any company that wants to showcase some seriously good acting.
Tom Healey, Literary Manager