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Ballarat National Theatre

PERFORMANCE DATES

Sat 7th July at 8 pm
Wed 11th to Sat 14th July 8 pm
Matinee Sunday 8th July at 2.00 pm

SYNOPSIS

OUR 2007 'SEASON OF SHORTS

The Plays Directed & Designed by Julian Oldfield
 

PLASTER

by
Richard Harris

ERIC - JOHN DAYKIN
HELEN - PEPPA SINDAR


HENNA NIGHT

by
Amy Rosenthal

JUDITH - ROSIN STACK
ROS - KATRINA HILL


THE PERILS OF EDUCATION

by
Ella Adkins

Mrs. DYSON - MEGAN ALI
Mrs. CHOLLY - FAY SCETRINE

ALBERT

by
Richard Harris

KARIN - AMANDA SOBEY
NICO - LIAM MUDGE
ALBERT - GORDON BOYD

CREW

Stage Manager - Joel Davies
Crew - Kate Peachey
Lighting - Brendan Cliff with
Boden Birkett, Liam Mudge & Gordon Boyd
Sound - Michael Zala

Graphic Design - Peter Freund
Photography - Gary Hunt

REVIEW

REVIEWER - GAIL SJOGREN

‘AN EVENING OF ACTING INTRIGUE’

Twisted Tales, the Ballarat National Theatre’s 2007 season of “Shorts”, provides a thoroughly entertaining bill of fare, with four different views of human nature and the quirks of human relationships.

The night opens with Plaster by Richard Harris, a very funny and clever comedy excellently realised by John Daykin, who manages to convey a remarkable range of reactions while bandaged from head to foot, and Peppa Sindar whose performance as his apparently sweet wife is as delightful as always. This is followed by Henna Night by Amy Rosenthal, a bitter sweet look at the relationship when Jack’s ex- and his current girlfriend meet. I found it a little long in the writing but convincingly acted by Roisin Stack and Katrina Hill.

After interval Faye Scetrine and Megan Ali could have stepped out of Coronation Street as they discuss The Perils of Education over a wartime afternoon tea table, again with plenty of laughs, and the evening concludes with another Richard Harris play, Albert. Amanda Sobey plays the Finnish au pair, Liam Mudge the Italian brother of her absent employer and Gordon Boyd the English suitor to the au pair’s predecessor. They attempt to communicate, though none speaks the language of the others which causes some hilarious misunderstandings and a totally unexpected conclusion.

The four plays are tightly directed by Julian Oldfield and cleverly make use of the same basic set, though quite different settings are created, thus ensuring quick and efficient changeovers by the crew. The cast clearly enjoy themselves, always an indication that the audience will share their enjoyment. And on a practical note given our cold nights, the evening concludes close to 10pm!