There’s something in the Sydney theatre air that means 2022 has been the year of productions focused on women’s emancipation and their right to choose their life path. Hush, A Letter for Molly, and Ghosting the Party considered mothering; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Lady Precious Stream, and A Doll’s House saw women navigating marriage contracts; and Chef, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, and now the Sweet Science of Bruising turn different lens on violence in women’s lives to examine power, freedom, and choice.Continue reading →
For the second week of NO: INTERMISSION the action takes a turn towards the absurd from a whacky turnstile of gay dates to a runaway bride to a war-torn world decorated in florals. In both Lipstick and Girl Shut Your Mouth, the terms of the characters’ lives are unclear with heartwarming and deadly consequences respectively.Continue reading →
After an ironic interruption in 2020, Theatre Travels’s short play festival NO: INTERMISSION returns with four new plays this year. The first week’s selection travels from war-torn Vietnam to the isolation of Coober Pedy to explore themes of regrets, violence, and death.Continue reading →
Clubs and societies, especially ones centred around “women’s” activities like knitting and baking, are often the butt of jokes about spinsters or old biddies but people forget what a safe haven, sometimes life-saving service these communities provide. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche takes it back to the heyday of CWA stereotypes to find humour in dire circumstances.Continue reading →
Life can get wild and unruly at times, throwing unexpected obstacles at people with the very best intentions. In the final week of one act play festival No:Intermission, the office of a social worker and the romps of a sex worker show off the worst sides of humanity from bad luck to bad choices and everything in between.
The two plays paired for week two of No:Intermission at Chippen St Theatre are thematically linked around blossoming romances, hidden pasts, and the thrill of future possibilities. Two teens find a rocky but exciting new connection right before the college rush in Lady Liberty and the Donut Girl while another couple of pairings reach crisis point on the heels of tragic accidents in Broken.
It’s the first week of No:Intermission, a new short theatre festival celebrating Australian work presented by Theatre Travels. The two opening pieces for the festival cover the murky interconnection of share houses and the sinister overlapping of photography and blood.
When something tragic happens to a place, a natural disaster or accident or crime, the legacy of that event takes hold of the community and can change it, for better or worse. When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, a media frenzy from all over the country and the world turned its gaze onto a quiet, small American town and forever altered the way the town saw itself.
This year marks 20 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming which began a media storm about the way our society views gay people and constructs narratives of gay panic and justified violence. When the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the small American town to interview residents, they weren’t sure what would come out of it and they probably wouldn’t have predicted the show continuing to be performed two decades later on the other side of the world.
Night Writes sits down with co-directors Carly Fisher and Rosie Niven to discuss their upcoming productions of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later with Theatre Travels.