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Wit by Margaret Edson.
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, October 2019.
Vivian Bearing is 50 and in her prime. She has dedicated her life to deciphering and interpreting the metaphysical poetry of John Donne and is a highly respected Professor at the height of her career as an English literary scholar. But she’s just found out she’s dying.
This powerfully imagined play is cuttingly funny and beautifully poignant. It is not primarily a play about cancer, nor about the wit of John Donne – it is a play about the value of human warmth, the balance between head and heart; a play about life, not death. Twenty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, Wit is as powerful and relevant as ever – to all of us.
Director Helen Tonkin
Set and Lighting Designer Victor Kalka
Music and Sound Designer Adam Jones
Costume and Properties Designer Kaitlyn Symons
Stage Manager Maddison Huber
Poster Image Daniel Regan Photography
Cheryl Ward as Vivian Bearing
Chantelle Jamieson as Dr Jessica (Jason) Posner
Yannick Lawry as Harvey Kelekian/Mr Bearing
Hailey McQueen as Susie Monahan
Jan Langford- Penny as E.M. Ashford
Matt Abotomy as Lab Technician/Clinical Fellow/Student
Nyssa Hamilton as Lab Technician/Clinical Fellow/Student
REVIEWS FOR WIT
“Director Helen Tonkin, with needle-sharp instincts for the topography of Vivian’s story, has surrounded Ward with a cast who have a superb command of the style of the play. It is a production to leave one refreshed, wandering off into the night with a positive outlook in recognition of a wonderful performance and a truthful, artistic rendering of a difficult and much too common story."
Reviews by Judith.
"This spare and moving production... balances the cerebral and emotional facets of a very fine play just about perfectly."
Jason Blake Audrey Journal
"Actor Cheryl Ward does outstanding work in the lead role, intricate with her renderings and persuasive with her assertions... impressively flexing her muscles, cerebral and sentimental, to ensure that we connect with all of Wit‘s meaningful dimensions. Nurse Susie is played memorably by Hailey McQueen, confident and strong as the character who helps guide us to a state of catharsis."
Suzy Goes See.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Adapted by David Farr and Gisli Gardarsson.
Chippen Street Theatre, February 2019.
The Samsa family have their ordinary, everyday lives turned upside down when their son Gregor wakes up transformed into a monstrous insect. Revulsion turns to resentment as they contemplate continuing to reognise Gregor as part of their family. A new adaptation of the iconic Kafka tale; Metamorphosis is highly physical, terrifying and bizarrely comic. As the ordinary and everyday become unusual and hostile, what would it be like to be completely transformed and yet still desperately need to belong?
Director: Amanda Stephens-Lee
Movement Director: Shondelle Pratt
Stage Manager: Maddison Huber
Productions Designer: Lucy McCullough
Lighting Designer: Adam Jones
Assistant: Amy Sole
Mask Maker/Design Assistant: Luke D'Alessandro
Grete: Madeleine Miller
Gregor: Sam Glissan
Father: Yannick Lawry
Mother: Hailey McQueen
Stietl: Victoria Greiner
Fischer: Julian Lawrence
REVIEWS FOR METAMORPHOSIS
“Clock and Spiel Productions has done a clever thing with Metamorphosis... The production is made comfortable in its surroundings. Utilising the black wideness and hidden dark depth of the stage, the absurdist action is isolated in an endowed domesticity, with a period precision of set and costume...”
Judith Greenaway, Artshub.
“Metamorphosis by Clock and Spiel is a wonderful production confidently directed and beautifully performed.”
"This stylish, unconventional and uniquely remarkable play which resonates how ‘a quiet ordinary family life’ can quickly transform into a catastrophic nightmare, should prove to be an enjoyable night out for discerning theatre-goers who demand high quality and thought-provoking stage plays."
Mark Morellini, Alt Media.
FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Freud's Last Session by Mark St. Germain.
Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, November 2018
Freud’s Last Session centres on legendary psychoanalyst – Dr. Sigmund Freud – who invites the young, rising Oxford Don – C.S. Lewis – to his home in London. On the day England enters the Second World War, Freud and Lewis clash passionately about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud was to take his own. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humour and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two of the 20th Century’s most brilliant thinkers as they address the greatest questions of all time.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Director: Hailey McQueen
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Georgiane Deal
Production Design: Tyler Ray Hawkins
Lighting Design: Emma Lockhart-Wilson
Sound Design: Adam Jones
Dr. Sigmund Freud: Nicholas Papademetriou
C.S. Lewis: Yannick Lawry
REVIEWS FOR FREUD'S LAST SESSION
“There is some truly marvellous acting in this detailed and precise production.”
“The styling of this production is wonderful, with an attention to detail that is museum quality, including
the famous analytic furniture piece, which is as perfectly recreated as the rest of the physical space.”
Judith Greenaway, Artshub.
“Very few theatrical productions (and films) these days seek to engage us intellectually... it is as
important to remember to think and discuss robustly as well as feel, and surely this is a function of theatre.
Director Hailey McQueen gives us a play which challenges us to fully engage our minds, not just our
Kate Stratford, On The Town/Theatre Now
“Lawry is deft as Lewis, his respect of Freud’s work is apparent yet he delves into his own belief system
vigorously. Papademetriou is at his best here: he plays Freud
with meticulous detail from the Austrian accent to the physical tics that abound from the painful mouth
cancer that he suffers from.”
The Buzz from Sydney
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
C.S. Lewis's classic masterpiece, was adapted for the stage by Hailey and saw it's first professional performance in Sydney in October 2015. Two extra performances were added to the season due to unprecedented demand. The production returned in 2016 with a 5 week season showing at Seymour Centre, Sydney, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne and Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra. April 2017 saw the final season at The Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Screwtape: Yannick Lawry
Toadpipe: George Zhao
Director: Hailey McQueen
Set/Costume Design: Isabella Andronos
Sound/Music Design: Adam Jones
Lighting Design: Christopher Page
Production/Stage Management: Jessica Gray and Georgiane Deal
REVIEWS FOR THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
"Lawry delivers the text of the letters with great skill and fluency... His performance is flawless... Zhao excels in this role and is a delight to the whole audience."
"The script is brilliant, funny and dark... His Screwtape is brilliant and witty and a tad unhinged, swinging from glee to anger to disgust in seconds... Zhao displays spectacular comedic skills, and his physical work is lively and dynamic."