TRAVELLING NORTH

February 12, 2018

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Australian playwright, David Williamson’s “Travelling North” is a wonderful start to the Genesian Theatre’s 2018 list of exciting plays.

Directed by Sahn Millington, this delightful play that is both funny and sad, is based on the true story of David Williamson’s own mother-in-law, who found new love in later life. The play also brings up issues faced by many of today’s seniors.

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The two main characters, Frank and Frances, which are believably portrayed by Dave Kirkham and Jane Thorpe, decide to leave their lives and responsibilities in Melbourne behind and head north to tropical Queensland. Their love story encompasses all their family dramas plus highlights the downside of ageing.

Peter Irving Smith is excellent as next door neighbour Freddy, as are Megan Shooter and Lauren Birdsall who play Frances’ selfish daughters, Sophie and Helen.

Although the play is set in the late 1960s, it is very relevant to life today. If certain historical events such as references to the Vietnam War and Gough Whitlam were updated, the play could very easily be set in current time.Genesian Theatre Co - Traveling North 2018 -  Homepix Photography 0136_preview.jpeg

One of the many charms that David Williamson brings to his plays is his ability to make his characters relateable to the audience. One can always recognise some of his characters’ traits as those belonging to someone they know.

“Travelling North” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 24 March 2018. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.

Sandra Tiltman

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“NOTHING PERSONAL” OPENS AT THE GENESIAN

April 12, 2016

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The Genesian Theatre’s 72nd Season has opened with “Nothing Personal” written by David Williamson, one of Australia’s master dramatists. This witty play set in a modern day publishing house focuses on the rivalry between two women, one from the older generation who wants to play it safe with the material published and the other, a younger vibrant woman with plenty of new ideas, wanting to take a few more risks. Naturally this leads to fireworks between the pair and the battle between “old and new” begins.

Adding a further spanner in the works is Kelvin, the head of the board and infamous womaniser, who is torn between his attraction to Naomi plus her ability to take the company forward and his loyalty to the experienced and capable Bea. Directed by Sahn Millington, the production stars Laurel McGowan as Bea, the older publisher and Alexis Hammerton as Naomi, her younger rival with Shane Bates as Roxanne, the one in the middle, trying to keep the peace. Kelvin is played by Patrick Costello.

DSC08596David Williamson always seems to have his finger on the pulse of what is happening in modern day Australia and this play is no exception. The characters are all a mixture of those whom we read about in today’s media.

“Nothing Personal” plays until 7 May 2016 on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm
 with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. Theatre goers are advised that this production contains some adult language and themes.

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“RUPERT” TO OPEN AT THEATRE ROYAL

September 20, 2014

687890-david-williamsonxxThe exclusive premiere season of “Rupert”, David Williamson’s take on the greatest media mogul of all time, will open on Saturday, 29 November at the Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney, with previews beginning from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

American film and television actor James Cromwell will play Rupert Murdoch alongside an all Australian cast playing a myriad of over 60 roles. In her first time on a Sydney stage in 15 years, TV comedy icon Jane Turner from Kath & Kim fame will play Dame Margaret Thatcher and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Other cast members include Guy Edmonds playing Young Rupert, Scott Sheridan as Lachlan Murdoch, Hai Ha Le as Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks, Bert Labonte as Frank Packer and Ronald Reagan and John Leary playing Tony Blair, James Murdoch, Kerry Packer, David Frost, Gough Whitlam and others. One additional cast member is yet to be announced.

“Rupert” is a timely, theatrically inventive, often hilarious, cabaret infused recounting of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world.  Charting his stellar rise to the top, Rupert tap dances his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher and charms some of the most colourful characters of the 20th century, including Tony Blair, Ronald Reagan and Wendi Deng.

Sandra Tiltman