Our February pics for tertiary study
18 Feb 2015
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
This bulletin contains a bonus package; not two but four plays! The recently published Acts of Courage by theatre-maker Roslyn Oades is actually a collection of three separate pieces (listed below). Macbeth Re-Arisen by Melbourne playwright David Mence is published all on its own – but it’s still a cracker!
Theatre-maker Roslyn Oades has been making a sequence of work over the past few years that fall in to the verbatim category, but this is verbatim with a difference. In performance, her actors tell the stories of the text, but they work from original sound recordings made by Oades, which are then listened to by the actors over headphones and then repeated in performance as text. This “audio-driven performance” means that the actors (in the original productions) repeat not just the words, but the hesitations, intakes of breath and pitch of the original subject. These plays could of course also be performed as traditional verbatim theatre. The three plays published in Acts of Courage focus on the Cronulla riots (Stories of Love and Hate), boxing (I’m Your Man) and stories from ordinary people of fighting, courage and survival (Fast Cars and Tractor Engines). These are strong contemporary works with large casts and strong stylistic gestures that invite bold acting and inventive direction and design.
Macbeth Re-Arisen by David Mence was one of the surprise hits to come out of the Melbourne indie scene in 2008. Its premise is enticing, audacious and simple. This is not a rewrite but a sequel to Shakespeare’s original, written in blank verse, with songs and – well there’s no other way to put this – zombies. Macbeth is brought back from the dead by the witches and it goes from there. This is a hilarious over the top, large-cast work of silliness and great skill. A great project for a university group with heaps of meat on the bone.
Tom Healey, Literary Manager