Our March picks for community theatre
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
Hello and welcome to a very late March bulletin!! Things are moving here at the Script Centre, and some big staff changes coupled with a minor family drama (mostly the latter) has meant that we’re (well, I’m) a little bit behind…
But… there are still no shortages of scripts to put on your ‘must read’ list, and this month they include Torrez by Western Australian playwright Ian Wilding and Post Felicity from the vault of Ben Ellis.
Torrez tackles that hoary old chestnut in Australian playwrighting – macho sportsmen. It is a distinctive take on an old theme with two absolutely marvelous roles. The eponymous Torrez is a sportsman towards the end of his career and his manager is on the take – out to get whatever he can. It all takes place in a hotel room as they concoct a future for themselves. It’s awful and sad – but very funny as well. Wilding has a distinctive and unusual voice as a playwright and his savagery is here on full display. Here is a great audience pleaser with wonderful roles and huge potential appeal – audiences loved it then and they will love it now.
Post Felicity is a strange and wonderful beast. Absurd, disturbing and darkly hilarious, it is an Orton-esque farce about a couple whose daughter has suicided. Ellis is a playwright who writes deep, passionate and fiercely critical plays about how awful we can be to one another. This is a serious undertaking, but packaged with such wit and understanding of the human condition, that it somehow rises to the surface and lends an understanding of selfishness that makes the play both resonant and unexpectedly moving. A queer fish. Worth your consideration.
Tom Healey, Literary Manager