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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A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

May 22, 2017

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There’s nothing like a good Agatha Christie to make people leave the comfort of their homes on these cold evenings. Judging by the packed house at the performance I attended of the Genesian Theatre’s current offering, I would have to conclude that Miss Marple is a crowd pleaser.

Each year the Genesian season includes an Agatha Christie play and their current showing of “A Murder Is Announced”, adapted by Leslie Darbon, does not disappoint. In typical Christie style, there are many red herrings thrown around to keep the audience guessing, but as usual, the guilty person is the least likely and is not revealed until the last moments of the performance.

 

Genesian Theatre 10 May 2017 - Homepix Photography - 0372.jpgThe action takes place in a very English drawing room inhabited by the very English characters one associates with a typical Christie play. This time there is no immediate body to be found, but the anticipation of one soon to appear is what keeps everyone guessing after a murder, which is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s house, is announced in the local paper.

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Directed by John Grinston, the play is fast paced and the performances from the large cast are excellent, that one sometimes forgets this is amateur theatre.

“A Murder is Announced” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 24 June 2017. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm. Running time is 2 hours 40 minutes, with a 20 minute interval.

Sandra Tiltman