Monday, August 23rd, 2010 - Melville Theatre
THEY say variety is the spice of life – and Melville Theatre has plenty on offer this September, ready to pepper the different tastes of its audiences.

Two short plays and two monologues make up the ingredients for a night out that will please most palates.

Written by John Grimshaw and directed by Felicity May, Checkout is set in a small store with a new manager who has big plans for the future.

“But a long-term customer can see the detrimental effect the changes will have on staff,” Felicity said.

“It’s a locally-written WA play that addresses many issues highlighting the impact current technology and progress are having on service in our small stores.

“Even though I was asked to fill-in as director, I’m enjoying directing a play that has these issues at its heart.”

With Checkout, May believes her biggest challenge is helping her actors bring a store to life with a minimal set and imaginary customers.

“Some of the characters in the play are made to be disliked and, while you really want to love all the roles, that can be hard with slimy characters,” she said.

Also on the menu is The Game, directed by Nicquelle May and Briana Dunn, and originally written by Louise Bryant in 1916 to highlight how no one has any control when it comes to life and death.

“It’s completely up to chance or a role of the dice,” Nicquelle said. “With our production, we have created a more modern setting but kept up the ideals and principles the playwright originally had in mind.

“I don’t believe it’s been performed in Perth for a long time, if at all, and we’re excited to bring something new – although quite old – to the table.

“I identified with the basis of the play, along with the characters, and truly believed that while the play is quite old, I could bring it into a modern setting and pour a lot of myself into it.”

Briana said she been interested in directing for a while and leapt at the opportunity to be involved when Nicquelle told her about the production.

“Once I read the script, I became really excited because it has a lot of potential to be brilliant,” she said.

“The language of the play has been a challenge because we wanted to make it more accessible for audiences by putting it in a modern setting, which has meant having to alter the dialogue.”

Nicquelle is mainly concerned with developing fully-rounded characters for her cast.

The Game is not very long and the character descriptions are brief, so we have spent a lot of time with the cast individually to achieve this,” she said.

Joining the two plays are two monologues, Gavin Regrets and Valerie Gets Hitched, written and directed by Therese Edmonds.

Checkout, The Game, Gavin Regrets and Valerie Gets Hitched play at 8pm September 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 with a 2pm matinee on September 12. Tickets are $17, $15 concession – book on (08) 9330 4565 or email [email protected]

Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra. More information is available www.meltheco.org.au.

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thegame1-2.jpeg: Kate O’Sullivan, Saul Dunn and Craig Menner take a chance on life and death in The Game at Melville Theatre.

checkout1.jpeg: Adrian O’Neill, Jeff Hansen, Kate O’Sullivan and Kylie Calwell (front) check in for Checkout at Melville Theatre.

checkout-kelly.jpeg: Kylie Calwell is a frustrated supermarket employee in Checkout at Melville Theatre.

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The Melville Theatre Company was the brainchild of David J. Burton who, in 1982, called a meeting for interested people in the community to form a theatre company in the Melville area.

As a result, the Melville Theatre Company was born. The newly formed company's first production was the farce, Not Now Darling. With its second production, The Sound of Music, the young company won the Finley Award for the Best Production of the Year in Community Theatre. Since then, actors and directors have consistently featured in the list of awards at the annual State Drama Festival.

Initially, performances were in the Melville Civic Centre but, since 1987, the venue has been the Roy Edinger Centre, on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.
Felicity May
P: 0419 436 598
W: www.meltheco.org.au

Nicquelle May

P: 0400 402 296

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