Review – Six Characters in Search of an Author

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In the play, Six Characters in Search of An Author,  it’s impossible to discern where illusion began and reality ended on stage. Only a few questions were answered and many still remain…Were they actors or characters? Does reality truly exist? Are we only acting ourselves? Why does no one like writers? (Everything will make more sense once you’ve seen the play!)

Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday night. Consider inviting your friends or family to see it with you. Though it’s recommended that they are 15+.due to one of the themes not being very appropriate for children. Tickets can be purchased here from as low as $10. Asking someone helping at the door  for a program  before the show  is always helpful too.

Top and Tail Theatre company invited the audience last night to see what an average rehearsal looks like. In the middle of rehearsing a scene from Sean Wcislo’s play Roommates Live from Apartment 19, six characters suddenly appear and demand for their story to be staged. Beginning as a comedy, the play quickly became a melodrama. Even though the company eventually lost control of the stage, I thought the lighting, sound and set were brilliantly eerie. This had the intended effect on the audience and certainly added to the ‘dramatic action’ of the play. The characters were very realistic, while the actors were consistently in character even if the characters wished to deny it! You’ll be left wondering where lost characters end up, and will also receive a quick education of theatre.

The adapted script remarticle2.jpgains true to Pirandello’s ideas on dramatic creative writing, stagecraft, the rehearsal process, characters and the various perspectives that create a story. It also critiques playwrights on the many characters they create but never use, who might be condemned to living through their life story, eternally suffering. Part of the dialogue was rejuvenated and modernized from Moulds’ adaptation to suit the Top and Tail Theatre Company. (This script change was encouraged by the ‘Hypocrites’ for future performances)  While I did take a look at the original adapted script, I was really surprised and intrigued by the unique choices Top and Tail Theatre made in creating their production of Six Characters. 

Details

Play: Six Characters in Search of An Author
Venue: Studio 411 (Murdoch University, South Street Campus, Carpark 4, near the gym)
Showings: Thursday night, June 16th, Friday night, June 17th & Saturday night, June 18th
Genre: Absurdist meta-theatrical, around 80 minutes
Director: Nick Morant
Theatre Company: Top and Tail Theatre
Script Written by: Luigi Pirandello, Adapted by: Steve Moulds (Playscripts Inc.)
Starring: Tay Broadley, Mike Casas, Claire Tebbut, Jonathan Maddocks, Leigh Fitzpatrick, Abbey McCaughan, Sean Wcislo, Clare Talbot, Brianna Lea and Jordan Baynes.

Extra Info

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was a dramatist and novel writer from Sicily, Italy. He studied Languages and dialectology in Sicily and Bonn before moving to Rome. He wrote poetry, short stories, and novels. The main highlight of Pirandello’s writing career was the 44 plays he published. Pirandello wrote ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ in Rome 1921. The play has been performed and adapted several times since then. This particular adaption was produced in Chicago, Illinois by ‘The Hypocrites’ and first performed between February 1st-March 11th 2012.

The Hypocrites are a company that was founded in 1997 by the artistic director, Sean Graney. The company’s main aim is to stage deeply engaging plays which the audience can connect to and have a role in the performance. While they are known for staging adaptations, they also sometimes work on new plays. Steve Moulds wrote the adaptation for The Hypocrites. The script and cast was altered to suit the Hypocrites’ company mission in their 2012 productions. Steve Moulds studied at the University of Texas at Austin and has an MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He has worked for theatre companies in Louisville, Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Denver.

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Relevant Links:

Six Characters FB Event
Top and Tail Theatre
Luigi Pirandello
Steve Moulds
The Hypocrites
Playscript Inc.: Six Characters in Search of An Author

 

Theatre in June

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June Theatre 2016: Upcoming Plays & Auditions

Upcoming Plays

Women-Black Martini Theatre

 Written by Chiara Atik & directed by Black Martini Theatre president Jess Serio.

Women is Black Martini’s second production this year. Women follows the story of Jo March. She strives to “become the voice of her generation, or at least, a voice of a generation”. But living in 1800’s New England is extremely difficult as a “little woman”. With influences from the HBO hit series Girls, the adventures of the beloved March sisters are shown to the world.
‘Women’ will be performed from June 9th – 11th at 7pm and located in Studio 411.
I’ll be publishing an in depth article this weekend or beginning of next week which will feature a Q&A with the cast & crew.

‘Women’ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120741761323201/
Black Martini Production info: http://www.blackmartinitheatre.com/#!current-production/xt0yl
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=20233

‘Six characters in search of an author’- Top and Tail Theatre

Written by Luigi Pirandello, adapted by Steve Moulds & directed by Nick Moran.
“Six characters, abandoned by their creator, invade a rehearsal in progress and demand to be brought to life by a new author. This intimate adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist classic foregrounds the comedic contrast between melodrama and the contemporary sensibilities of the acting company, all the while asking us to consider just what we believe to be real. The play script was adapted by Steve Moulds and is licensed by Playscripts Inc.” (A quote from the ‘Six Characters’ Facebook event)
Performances are from 16th June -18th June at 7pm and located in Studio 411.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1079075968830372/
Top and Tail Theatre Page: https://www.facebook.com/Top-and-Tail-Theatre-405065149680308/
Tickets on sale: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=191887

Play in a Day –  Black Martini Theatre

‘Play in a Day’ will be hosted on the 25th of June where teams of 2-8 people can collaborate, write and perform an original short play based on the same theme and object. The theme/objects will only be given out on the day. Each team gets to nominate a team name and a captain. Plays can be up to 10 minutes and teams have from 9am to 7:30pm to plan, write and rehearse their play. Not all members have to perform but all can help in their capacity as a writer, director or any other stage role. Team members must be Murdoch University students past or present. Please check the registration form for more information.

‘Play in a Day’ is a yearly competition for people in teams to write a short play script in a day and perform in front of an audience in the evening on the same day. This theatre competition is run by Black Martini Theatre in June and was a success last year. The ‘Play in a Day’ was created  to encourage writers, performers or anyone interested in theatre to compete and showcase their talents and ‘theatrical skills’. Even if you aren’t interested in competing, please do come and support your friends or family by either seeing them perform or driving them home after a day full of excitement. This year, registrations opened in May and teams have until June 1st to register, after which they’ll have to pay a small fee (if there are still openings). There’s limited space for the first 12 teams, so if you’re interested and haven’t registered, get your team registered before May finishes! Below you’ll find a link to registration and the competition guidelines.
‘Play in a Day’ 2016 Registration form: http://www.blackmartinitheatre.com/#!auditions/d0w5z
Black Martini Theatre Website: http://www.blackmartinitheatre.com/
Black Martini Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackmartinitheatre/

In 2015, seven teams registered for ‘Play in a Day’ to compete for first place in front of a panel of judges. Last year’s performances were stunningly captivating and the scripts were wonderfully imaginative (I enjoyed watching it with my mum). Last year, teams were given the theme greed and a fire-fighter’s hat which they had to include in their performance. The top three teams won prizes with runner up team members winning trophies and chocolate and the winning team receiving a larger trophy and a box of wine. “In third place with their play “Clueless” was Big and Hairy, Yet Still Approachable. Coming in second was Peek and Boo with their play, “The Destructive Greed”. And finally, the  winners of the B trophy was The Brecht-Fast Club with “The Department”.

Theatre in June 2016: Upcoming Auditions

For news on the upcoming productions of each Murdoch Theatre Company, please check out their Facebook pages and subscribe. A couple of them have their own newsletter to advertise opportunities for students interested in acting, writing or set, lighting and costuming design. I will make sure to liaison with the theatre companies and the METIOR magazine to see what information I can release. However some auditions might only be open to those who already have experience in theatre or company members. Please check out part 2 of the theatre guide published on Thursday May 19th, for information on the companies and their contact details (or just search on Facebook).

Below will be brief descriptions, dates and contact information for upcoming auditions for productions by Murdoch theatre Companies and independent theatre companies in Perth, WA. There will are usually  auditions happening in August. More information along with Facebook events will be available once details have been finalised, closer to the time. I’m quite sure productions need at least 2 months to rehearse and combine all the production elements. So if you’re interested, keep in mind that you’ll need to be informed of when auditions are so you can prepare well in advance.

Black Martini Theatre
Top and Tail Theatre: Auditions near the beginning of August
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Top-and-Tail-Theatre-405065149680308/
Second Chance Theatre
Murdoch Theatre Company: Auditions in August
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MurdochTheatreCompany/
Modicum Theatre Perth Inc.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ModicumTheatrePerth/

Ariana’s Guide to Student Theatre Pt. 2

This year at Murdoch University, the theatre scene started off strong with productions showcased in the 2016 Fringe Festival during February. At Nexus Theatre: ‘Thaw: A Science Fiction Play’ was presented by Thought Jar Productions, written and directed by Stephen B. Platt. At Studio 411: ‘Roommates Live from apartment 19’ was presented by Top and Tail Theatre, written by Sean Wcislo and directed by Nick Morant. Sincerely Yours: A New Musical presented by Stray Cats Theatre Company, was written by Jason Arrow and Kohan van Sambeeck. Plus, ‘ROPE’ which was presented by Presidential Productions in Studio 411.

Fringe World website: fringeworld.com.au

Theatre Companies at Murdoch University have presented four productions so far this year. ‘Roommates live from Apartment 19’ was presented by Top and Tail Theatre on February 18th-20th. ‘Titus Andronicus’ was presented by the Postgraduate Performance Group and directed by Jenny De Reuck with shows from February 25th-27th. ‘Boise, Idaho’ was performed from March 31st– April 2nd, it was presented by Black Martini Theatre, written by Sean Michael Welch and directed by Luke Gratton. ‘Punk Rock’ was performed April 28th-30th, it was presented by Murdoch Theatre Company, directed by Tay Broadley, co-directed by Justin Crossley and Assistant Directed by Katie Southwell.

De Reuck is a lecturer for English and Theatre & a director/designer at Murdoch University. She’ll be directing another show this year starting on November 24th.

I personally was only able to see Roommates live and Boise, Idaho this semester. ‘Roommates live from Apartment 19’ was brilliantly written by Wcislo with dozens of breath-taking funny moments, rampant chaos and a spontaneous love triangle. In this Britishsque comedy, the actors in Roommates fabulously portrayed both whimsical and lovable characters.

‘Boise, Idaho’ was very amusing and it ingeniously explored an original idea, of when reality becomes fictitious and the truth escapes from the clutches of life’s ‘hidden’ narrator. The cast was amazing in performing this play full of witty and sharp dialogue, I just wish it had been slightly longer though.

Roommates live from Apartment 19:

Boise, Idaho: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710574742488107/

Murdoch Theatre Companies: Productions

Theatre Production Units (3 productions this year, not including monologue nights)

Murdoch University PHD candidates (3 productions, one in August 18-20, two in September 15-17, 22-24)

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From the Hip Productions (‘The Gothics: The Mummy Rises’, on July 14th-17th this year)

From the Hip Productions was founded by Tim Brain in 1995. From the Hip Productions aims to foster artistic vision, innovation and design in the realm of theatre. Tim Brain works alongside John King (Second Chance Theatre) behind the scenes at Nexus Theatre (Lighting, Sound & Stage Management). Through rain or illness, they are devoutly devoted to training the next generation of theatre technicians, designers and directors.  Their encouragement and support has greatly contributed to keeping theatre at Murdoch University going for the last, nearly twenty years…

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/From-The-Hip-Productions-903173569767064/

At Murdoch University, there are several theatre companies established as Guild Societies:

blackmartini.jpg Black Martini Theatre (5 productions this year)

 Black Martini Theatre was founded in 2014 by Artistic genius and director, Thomas Dimmick. Black Martini is kept running by the dedicated and innovative club president, Jess Serio. Black Martini Theatre offers golden opportunities for emerging actors, Playwrights, stage managers and designers. The last couple years have brought a list of tastefully chosen plays which showcased that talent and ability of these emerging artists in Western Australia. Black Martini Theatre presents a variety of amazing and artistically sophisticated shows each year and will ‘set the stage’ with performances that catch the intrigue of theatre goers at Murdoch University for the coming years.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmartinitheatre/

Website: http://www.blackmartinitheatre.com/

Top and Tail Theatre Company (3 productions this year)

Top and Tail Theatre was founded on June 14th 2015, through the collaboration of Nick Morant and Ryan Partridge. Their love for all things British has resulted in the company which aims to preserve British style and comedy through producing quality theatre performances throughout the year. They aspire to pursue combining theatre styles with British elements and a might touch the whimsical. (in the process…) It’s very difficult NOT to enjoy everything British: (in any form or matter if I do say so myself!) British accents, British men, British Tea, British humour and styled coats & cravats…. Both the extensive history and elegant artistic style that Britain has to offer and stories of extraordinary people might find their way into Top and Tail Theatre productions.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Top-and-Tail-Theatre-405065149680308/

Contact email: topandtailtheatre@gmail.com

Murdoch Theatre Company (3 productions this year)

Murdoch Theatre Company was founded in 2010 and is run by the students of Murdoch. Murdoch Theatre Company provides people passionate about theatre (even people not studying theatre) with opportunities to produce theatre. From producing a classic play to one newly written, this company encourages everyone to join them in transforming words on the page to enthralling performances on stage. Be they actors or interested in the meticulously development of backstage design or directing, they’ll offer their support and keep you up to date on upcoming productions & auditions in their company. For those who wish to direct or have an original script ideas, they’ll get you connected and give you guidance to make your theatre aspirations become a reality.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MurdochTheatreCompany/

Contact Email: murdochtheatre@gmail.com

   Second Chance Theatre (1 production- The Gothics:  Frankenstein, July 21-23)secondchance.jpg

Second Chance Theatre was founded in 2011 is the result of Scott McArdle’s vision in salvaging the Performing Arts in Perth and producing original plays. Second Chance Theatre offers actors and writers, either studying or graduated, to work together in creating and producing plays that are both entertaining and thought provoking. Scott McArdle is a ‘jack of all trades’ as he’s a writer, director AND an actor. McArdle has been described by METIOR’s former editor, Madura McCormack as ‘Murdoch’s rising theatre star’. He has directed, written and acted in dozens of plays at Nexus Theatre, The Blue Room and for Arts Festivals. With shows such as ‘Coincidences at the End of Time’ and ‘Between Solar Systems’, he’s taking over Murdoch Theatre by storm… (a storm of gothic and science fiction plays)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secondchancetheatre/

Website: http://secondchancetheatre.org/