A TRIO of short plays comes to the Old Mill Theatre this spring – Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit and the world premiere of Noel O’Neill’s Snow and Ash.
Directed by Susie Conte, The Dumb Waiter features Gus and Ben in a Birmingham basement, awaiting instructions for their next job. Gus needs matches while Ben has a newspaper – and both men have revolvers.
“The Dumb Waiter takes place in a single, prison-like room and it creates a feeling of claustrophobia and unease,” Conte said. “There were certain nuances that drew me to it.
“Pinter’s plays blend comedy and drama and often focus on jealousy, betrayal, and sexual politics. But it’s his dialogue – and lack of it – for which he is known.”
Snow and Ash, directed by Valerie Dragojevic, follows two clowns left behind by a travelling circus who suddenly find themselves in a country with no liberty or freedom of speech.
“The play primarily deals with the theme of people being persecuted simply for being who they are and how far you might have to go to survive,” Dragojevic said.
“It's absurdist theatre, which I love, because the characters are not mainstream nor stereotypical and the plot is not a fairytale: it just is – or isn't.”
Directed by Maree Grayden and adapted by Chris Thomas, No Exit is a depiction of the afterlife where three dead characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity – it’s the play that coined the phrase “hell is other people”.
“It’s a play that gets you thinking and stays with you in the sense that you keep coming back to consider the play’s thematic concerns,” Grayden said.
“The famous quote about hell being other people begs the question: who would be in the room with me and why?
“That question inspired me to direct the play – I find it a disturbing yet intriguing thought that my hell would involve torture by self-examination and cross-examination by others.”
Snow and Ash and The Dumb Waiter play at 8pm, September 19, 20, October 3, 4 and 5 with a 2pm matinee September 22.
No Exit plays on the same dates except October 4 and 5 when it will be replaced by Jerome McDonough’s Juvie on those two nights. Set in a juvenile detention centre, young suspects come out of their cells to tell why and how they were caught.
Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9367 8719, [email protected] or at http://oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets.
The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post.
snow&ash1: Rex Gray, left, and Kim Taylor are appearing in the world premiere of Snow and Ash.
snow&ash-yad1: Clowns Ash (Kim Taylor, left) and Snow (Rex Gray, right) meet a character known only as “the man” (Yad Sand, centre) – although his appearance gives a clue to his identity – in the world premiere of Snow and Ash.
noexit1: The cast of No Exit: Jacinta Tavelli-Williams, left, Laila Gampfer, Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett.
noexit2: No Exit is the play that spawned the phrase “hell is other people” and features Phil Barnett as Garcin, Chris Thomas as the valet, Laila Gampfer as Inez and Jacinta Tavelli-Williams as Estelle.
For more information, contact:
• Snow and Ash – Valerie Dragojevic on 0416 216 407 or email [email protected]
• The Dumb Waiter – Susie Conte Susie Conte on 0425 866 894 or email [email protected]
• No Exit – Maree Grayden on 0407 936 800 or email [email protected] or Chris Thomas on 0430 374 250 or email [email protected]
KADS Theatre is the premier community theatre group in Kalamunda, Western Australia.
Its first production was in 1972 and the theatre has been entertaining Hills residents every year since. The Town Square Theatre is located in the centre of Kalamunda, between the Coles shopping centre and the post office.
P: 0430 374 250
Valerie DragojevicP: 0416 216 407