Monday, September 14th, 2009 - DramaFest
FOLLOWING its WA premiere at PICA in July and recent Hills and Bunbury performances, Reality Matters is one of four plays opening the 2009 DramaFest at St Norbert College’s Xanter Centre on September 25.

DramaFest, the annual state drama festival, is hosted by the Independent Theatre Association over the September 25-27 weekend, featuring an array of short plays from theatres across the metropolitan area and regional WA.

Joining Reality Matters are the French farce Caught On The Hop from Melville Theatre, the satirical Unattainable from Arena Arts & Entertainment and Blak Yak (correct: no ‘C’ in Blak) Theatre’s Trainspotting, fresh from its sell-out Subiaco season.

Written by Chris Thomas (who also plays the MC in the show), Reality Matters is a slightly surreal piece of theatre as a stranger constantly interrupts the MC’s show.

“The stranger forces the MC to question his own perception of reality and tries to strip away his many masks, forcing him to think outside the square for a moment,” Thomas said.

“My original aim was to come up with a script that could be performed anywhere without a set, simply requiring two actors on stage.

“I decided to leave the piece open-ended as to whether the events occur for real or in the main character’s mind.”

Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting is a broody yet humorous tale of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh and how the drug culture takes over their lives.

Director Dannielle Ashton said she chose to bring it to life as a piece of theatre because of the many issues it deals with, not normally experienced by people in everyday life.

“The play is a mix of hilarious and tender moments,” she said. “The script is cleverly written to take the audience on a journey of laughs, as well as tears.

“The cast are extremely talented and portray several characters of diversity, which leave the audience hating and loving them at the same time.”

Written and directed by Jessica Messenger, Unattainable is a satire about the pressure of fashion magazines and other media on the need to be beautiful – according to their standards.

Caught On The Hop, directed by Felicity May, uses clever dialogue as various odd characters work through a series of misunderstandings and chaos with humorous results.

Reality Matters, Trainspotting, Unattainable and Caught On The Hop perform from 7.30pm, September 25. Tickets are $15 ($17 at the door) – book through TAZ Tix on (08) 9255 3366.

The Xanten Centre is part of St Norbert College at 135 Treasure Road, Queens Park.

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For more information about Reality Matters, contact Chris Thomas on 0430 374 250 or email [email protected] 

* For more information on Trainspotting, contact director Dannielle Ashton on 0400 438 695 or email [email protected] 

* For more information on Unattainable, contact Jessica Messenger on 0437 884 842 or email [email protected]

For more information on Caught On The Hop, contact Felicity May on 0419 436 598.

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reality-phil-chris1-2.jpeg: Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett in Reality Matters. (Picture: Nardia Bordas)

trainspotting1.jpeg: Murray Jackson, Clint Ward, Daniel Kershaw and Krysia Wiechecki in Trainspotting. (Picture: Dannielle Ashton)

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DramaFest is the annual state drama festival in Western Australia, hosted by the Independent Theatre Association over the September 25-27 weekend, featuring an array of short plays from theatres across the metropolitan area and regional WA.
Chris Thomas
P: 0430374250
W: www.theatre.asn.au

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