Saturday, March 14th, 2009 - The Green Room
FOLLOWING its world debut on stage last year, SMS Mess is being featured in the March edition of The Green Room online.

Written and directed by Chris Thomas, SMS Mess explored the trials and tribulations of text messaging in a one-woman show mixing comedy with a pointed look at the perils of modern technology.

It premiered as part of the annual Putting on an Act short-performance festival at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and also had a season at KADS Theatre in Kalamunda.

“The theme for SMS Mess came from observations of people who seemingly live and breathe their life via text messages, almost having entire relationships that way,” Thomas said.

“We keep finding ways of isolating ourselves further from actually talking to people, whether it’s via e-mail, text messages, Facebook or MySpace.”

The Green Room originally screened on Access 31 before it closed down – but it’s found another audience in 2009 with a new online version, embracing multimedia and the immediacy of the internet, to deliver a range of interviews, news and views on local theatre in Western Australia.

Producer Louis Shepherd was adamant the show could continue, given the previous support for The Green Room – it was nominated for a 2008 Antenna Award – and the fact many people now went online for news and entertainment.

“You just need to look at the popularity of YouTube and Facebook to realise that people view computers as entertainment packages just as much as their TVs, if not more so,” he said.

“There was so much passion and drive behind The Green Room, thanks to the dedicated group of individuals who helped put it together, that I knew we could find another forum for the program.

“Across Perth and Western Australia, there is a plethora of people taking to the stage in a variety of productions and they need a voice to help promote what’s happening and educate the wider community about just how many great theatres are out there.”

Each edition of The Green Room showcases local theatres and the range of talent on offer, both on and off the stage, along with reviews and other behind-the-scenes information.

In addition to SMS Mess, the March edition has features on the KADS Theatre awards night, playwright Noel O’Neill and what’s on with Melanie DeCull.

“Every edition has a focus on a particular local theatre, productions currently in rehearsals, up-and-coming performances and the various talents of individuals involved in the WA acting world,” Mr Shepherd said.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to continue with The Green Room in 2009 – it just goes to show that nature really does abhor a vacuum, as the saying goes.”

Go to and click on the links to view the March edition.

* For more information, contact Melanie DeCull at TAZ Entertainment on (08) 9255 3336 or email [email protected]

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SMS Mess3.jpg: Chris Thomas with actor Julia Dalby, who featured in his script SMS Mess, are highlighted in the March edition of The Green Room online.

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