Black Box Theatre is proud to announce the cast of its Top 80 Short+Sweet Sydney submission for 2014.
After a long wait, director Luke Berman has finally found the right cast to bring to life Maree Teychenne’s abstract and bold Music-Drama REFLECTIONS IN A SUNDAY MIRROR, which features an amazing original musical score by Compser and the play’s Musical Director Dr Steven Capaldo.
Lauren Scott-Young plays Jacqueline, a French cabaret performer & prostitute who’s full of hatred and sorrow. Jacqueline came to prostitution soon after the Nazi invasion of France and the death, through neglect, of her new-born child.
The amazingly talented Gertraud Harlos steps into the role of Roma, the Polish owner and Madam of the cabaret café who has taken in a desperate Jacqueline and given her a new life. Roma however, is never afraid to remind Jacqueline of the life long debt owed to her.
Completing the cast are our two German Nazi officers, with powerful acting and vocal performances from Zac Jardine and Tom Parrish.
Reflections In A Sunday Mirror opens at the King St Theatre, cnr Bray & King Sts Newtown (St Peters) on Wednesday 19th February and runs 7:30pm shows each night until Saturday 22nd February, with its closing performance on Sunday 23rd February at 5:15pm.
Judges Vote Hayaati as Best Production
Short+Sweet Sydney – Week 6 at the King St Theatre
– Eliza St John and Luke Berman
Dania Nour’s drama Hayaati (My Life) performed to Short+Sweet’s first sell-out season of 2013 at Sydney’s King Street Theatre in Newtown last week. Throughout the five performances, judges and audience voted for their favourite plays of the week, with Hayaati finishing the week fourth in Audience Votes and being awarded Judges Choice, first with 10 votes. This sees Hayaati advance to the high profile Gala Final at the Everest Theatre at Sydney’s Seymour Centre March 22-23.
September 15th 2012: An American film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, that portrayed the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile triggered angry protests in the Sydney CBD. In turn this triggered abusive and threatening comments through social media, which saw the creation of Facebook pages that were clearly ‘against muslims’ and ‘against the Hijab’ getting much attention and praise. Hayaati is the story of two people affected.
“Hayaati focused our attention on bullying, bigotry and racism and how we are all simply different edges of the same coin (50 cents in Australia).
“This was a very worthy subject and obviously Dania was ‘writing about what she knew about’”
– Allan Chapple, Sydney Arts Guide
Geoff Sirmai, Adam O’Brien, Charlotte Connor and Nik Nikitenko (front) star in Trevar Chilver’s ‘The Commuter’ directed by Luke Berman
The Commuter – written by Canberra playwright Trevar Chilver impressed audience and judges at week four of Sydney’s Short+Sweet – the world’s largest short play festival at the King Street Theatre, Newtown.
Directed by Black Box Theatre’s Luke Berman, The Commuter starred Adam O’Brien, Geoff Sirmai, Charlotte Connor (assistant director) and the very talented and adorable Nik Nikitenko who turned 9 years old during rehearsals.
The Commuter received recognition at the week’s presentation evening, being awarded runner up best production behind the incredible The Sum of Your Experience and third most popular play as voted by the audience. Congratulations to all!
Review from Sydney Arts Guide – Review by Bronwyn Fullerton
” “The Commuter”, cleverly written by Trevar Chilver and directed with energy and humour by Luke Berman, involves a chance meeting between a commuter on his way home, a mysterious young boy, his mother and an annoying American tourist. The commuter (played with warm honesty by Adam O’Brien) confides wholeheartedly in the audience about his conflicting thoughts, fears and racism, whilst juggling with his intruders, the lost young boy (played by the talented Nik Nikitenko), and the funny, camera hugging tourist (played hilariously by Geoff Sirmai). ”