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Ballarat National Theatre

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PERFORMANCE DATES

2002

SYNOPSIS

Three Light-hearted 'Shorts'
THE WAITING ROOM
THE INTERVIEW
THE DUMB WAITER
Each with a Twist in the Tail.

Directed and Designed by Julian Oldfield

 

CAST

THE WAITING ROOM

Man - Bruce Eldridge
Harriet - Marilyn Chestnut
Paul - Ben Griffiths
Woman - Sally Read

THE INTERVIEW

The Men - Rodger Clarke,
Neil Sinclair, Martin McGettigan, Bruce Eldridge,
Ben Griffiths, Haydn Vincent, Brett Edgington,
Hedley Thomson, Bronwyn Oldaker

THE DUMB WAITER

Ben - Brett EdgingtonGus - Leon Hanrahan

CREW

Stage-Manager - Sally Read
Crew - Katrina Hill
Lighting - Elise Allen with Shaye Davitt
Sound Advisor - Michael Zala
Opening sequence - Jef Hammersley

Graphic Design - Peter Freund
Photography - Gary Hunt

REVIEW

REVIEWER - BARRY BREEN

TWIST IN THE TAIL

Ballarat National Theatre's mid-year production, Waiting, has opened at the Courthouse Theatre with three thoroughly enjoyable one-act plays and three excellent groups of actors. The plays are linked thematically with an unexpected twist to each and, in each case, the cast builds effectively to that twist. In The Waiting Room, by John Bowen, Ballarat favourite Marilyn Chestnut and new talent Ben Griffiths build and sustain intrigue from what appears to be a chance encounter. Both give excellent performances.

The Interview, by Barry Bermange, has an ensemble cast of nine actors and each establishes a believable character and helps to create an unsettling ambiance, which is only explained at the end of the play. Strong performances come from Hedley Thomson and Rodger Clark. In Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter Leon Harahan and Brett Edgington are sometimes hilarious and always engaging in their roles, working: off each other brilliantly to, once again, an ending with a twist.

Director Julian Oldfiekl handles his three casts of both well-known and new performers with his usual sureness and each play is satisfying in its own right as well as combining with the others to create an evening theatregoers are sure to enjoy.