THEATRE REVIEWS

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Theatre ReviewsLight Bites & Tasty Treats:Kevin Sobels WinesTHIS opening show in the nine-week Hunter Valley Summer Theatre series is indeed full of tasty treats, with nine short Australian plays that were a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival delighting watchers in an intimate theatre space put into the Sobels barrel room.
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A Little Blue, for example, has two beached pilot whales, male and female, arguing while waiting to be rescued, with the married couple driving team looking for them amusingly engaged in similar squabbling. The pairs are further linked by surprise revelations.

Light Bites & Tasty Treats was taken to Edinburgh by Kath Perry, the actress, writer and producer who put together the Hunter Valley Summer Theatre, so it was disappointing that illness prevented her from performing on the opening night. However, the skills of the other actress, Kit Bennett, and the director, Annette Rowlison, in stepping into her roles were a tribute to their professionalism. And the male actors, Peter McAllum (who was also in the Edinburgh cast) and Ian Runeckles, likewise brought out the humour, often dark, that underlay the situations.

In Six Minutes and Counting, for example, a general who is on a save-the-world mission is interrupted by a cleaning woman who uses an unusual object to open his tightly locked security door. And there are surprise revelations about relationships in Tight Spot, which has an eight-year-married couple trapped in a stopped lift, and in Pergola Kit, where an old couple reminisce about the first time he drove her home.

Some of the plays make tongue-in-cheek references to contemporary situations. Gallery has a female gallery owner trying to get a male artist to sign an agreement to display works in her space, with the audience seeing an example of his modern-style work. In Beijing Big Mac, an Australian couple celebrate New Year’s Eve in a McDonald’s restaurant in the Chinese capital, wondering whether it’s an appropriate place.

The other plays also have couples in unusual situations, with a pair trying to escape through a roof gap in The Gap, a husband and wife’s car running out of petrol on a bush road in North, and male and female skydivers making their first drop in Falling Preying, with an unexpected conclusion.

The staging of the nine plays makes good use of minimal props, and the costumes are amazing, with the whales looking indeed like sea creatures, and a couple of flying insects making appearances.

This show ends on Sunday, with the next in the festival series, Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing, a comedy about a 1960s female singer in Kings Cross getting herself caught in illegal activities, beginning its two week run on Wednesday, October 12. Go to huntervalleysummertheatre南京夜网419论坛 for more details.

Clegg Festival 2016 – Bite Size:Civic PlayhouseTHE 12 short plays written, directed and performed by Hunter TAFE’s Diploma of Arts (Acting) students largely dealt with people arguing: vampires, for example, bickering on whether they should show compassion to humans; a trio of men digging up what they thought was Elvis Presley’s coffin; bank robbers wrangling with each other and a security guard and a policeman; and more. While the program could have done with more variety, it nonetheless showed the students’ performance skills.

Shrek The Musical JrHUNTER Drama’s staging of this very colourful musical with a large cast certainly pleased young and older audience members, with its characters including the thoughtful green ogre Shrek, a beautiful princess, an amazing large red dragon, a dwarf who wanted to be the king of a fairytale land, a sensible donkey and many fairy tale figures. The Neil Diamond song I’m a Believer had watchers swinging at the finale.

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