Dear Theatrenauts ~ theatre notes

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dear Theatrenauts

I seem to be suffering from something very like flu, which is putting the kybosh on both seeing and writing about the theatre. And at such a time! This town is presently lousy with great performance. To cheer my shivering hours, I thought perhaps you could tell me (and everyone else) what you're seeing and liking (or, perhaps, not liking). Some already have: Richard Watts said this enchanting notion, Sunset Over Cardboard Mountains (sadly closed) was to kill for, and Yumi Umiamare's Trans-Mute at the Guild Theatre is another smart recommendation - her brand of cabaret/butoh/dance is really something. What else?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just walked out of The Unexpected Passage of Time Within a Confined Space by Grit Theatre at The Function Room in Fitzroy. Great show, powerful and beautiful. See it.

Anonymous said...

Urchin at Full Tilt.

noplain said...

Any Adelaidian's reading this blog should see The Share; well worth the difficult subject matter. The SA premiere, and the first production of Daniel Keene's work I've seen. Until now it's just been reading scripts, so that was a treat in and of itself.

Alison Croggon said...

Thanks people. Urchin is one of the shows I had to cancel because of illness, so I would love to hear more about it (and about the others, if possible). And I'm glad to hear from Adelaide, especially about The Share! There's no reason why this should be Melbourne-centric.

I'm thinking maybe I should open this kind of thread regularly.

rhyspeaking said...

YOUTHvsPHYSICS was quite something too. A little rough here and there but some really authentic, personal and funny reflections on heroism and the end of youth.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous meant to say: Urchin at Full Tilt SUCKS

sancz said...

Seen some excellent talks at the Sydney Writers Festival, including a lively discussion between artists on the commonality of hip-hop and *ahem* spoken word artists.

one conclusion was brought that it's all theatre, anyway...

Alison Croggon said...

Thanks for the recommendations. Keep them coming! And it's much more interesting if you can explain the reasons for your response. Yes, looking at Anons #2 and #3 here...

Anonymous said...

It would be really great to hear why Anon 2 recommended Urchin and why Anon 2 thought it was shit. It sounded so interesting to me and I can't find a review in any paper (I live in Syd so won't get to see it). Anyone?

Pansy Crack said...

I don't think it was part of Next Wave (the night i saw it they publicly said they were "too risky") but the most provocative and exciting show that i've seen recently was The Caravan of Dooom's "Good Clean Fun". Powerfully erratic and packed with charming images. Rough around the edges, but not bad for a new company.
PC

5thwall said...

also, The Folding Wife from Urban Theatre Projects is excellent

it hits melb in a week or something, and there are a few reviews on the various blogs (including mine, but dont let that stop you) ... unfortunately no coverage in the media that i am aware of!

Alison Croggon said...

I'll bet the Caravan of Doom was fun. Another I couldn't make. (Which reminds me - does anyone know what Black Lung are doing at the Meat Market? Just curious...)

If the body behaves, I'm seeing The Folding Wife this week. Looking forward to it muchly.

skellis said...

Thought you might enjoy this:
"Alison Croggon, Theatrenotes.blogspot.com Melbourne-based theatre addict Croggon blogs at a hectic pace, and the connections made between theatre, literature and culture of all kinds put many professional critics to shame."
From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/young-arts-critic-competition/young-critics-competition-2010
Best
Simon

Alison Croggon said...

Golly. Thanks Skellis. I'm mainly blown out by the company I'm keeping there!

P.Dantic said...

I agree with Dickson's sentiment, but he seems to be unaware that you've been a "professional critic" on and off over a 25 year period.

Alison Croggon said...

True. But I'll take the compliment anyway.

Anonymous said...

Keeping company with Susan Sontag is particularly impressive.