Friday, July 15th, 2011
WHAT would happen if everyone arrived 24 hours early for a dinner party?

That’s the question posed in Life x 3, an amusing commentary on vanity, professional insecurity and the changing states of marriage at the Old Mill Theatre this August.

Written by French playwright Yasmin Reza and directed by Eliot McCann, the play is described as a comedy of errors from three different angles.

One of Reza’s previous plays, Art – performed at the Old Mill Theatre four years ago – has been performed in 35 languages.

“In Life x 3, we see the same situation presented from three different perspectives, giving three differing outcomes,” McCann said.

“This sheds different lights on how people interact in a social setting and under stress.

“I hope the audience will recognise some of their own lives within the play and they empathise with the characters on three differing levels.”

McCann wanted to direct Life x 3, after finding the opening scene particularly resonant.

“At the time I was asked to submit the play, my wife Jenny and I were struggling to get our youngest to go to sleep,” he said.

“Given this is the immediate predicament of two of the show's protagonists, I felt an immediate connection with the play and was sold from there.”

With more than 20 years’ experience in Perth theatre, performing and directing for the Graduate Dramatic Society, Playlovers and KADS, Stirling, Limelight, Marloo and Blak Yak Theatres, McCann most recently appeared as Salieri in Amadeus at the Old Mill Theatre.

He says the main challenge with Life x 3 is to make his cast of four not to appear as if they are “acting”.

“They need to react in manner that is as close to real life as possible, while keeping the show entertaining,” McCann said.

“I have managed to secure a talented cast, who will certainly form a very cohesive ensemble.”

Life x 3 plays at 8pm, August 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20 with a 2pm matinee August 14.

Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on (08) 9367 8719 or [email protected]

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel.

Life x 3 dishes up a comedy of errors from three different angles when people arrive a day early for a dinner party.

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Old Mill Theatre

South Perth's Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to be operating out of one of the most historic buildings in South Perth. It was opened in 1899 as a Mechanics' Institute Hall. The South Perth Council purchased the building in 1913 and renamed it the Mends Street Hall. The council still owns the building, and supports our use of it.

The building first became a home of theatre in 1948, when the South Perth Dramatic Society moved in. The name Old Mill Theatre was first used in 1958, and the company was incorporated in 1959. In 2009, the theatre celebrated its 60th anniversary.

A number of significant changes to the building have occurred over the past few years, with major extensions completed in 2002. An understage tunnel, which links two backstage dressing rooms and enables easier access from one side of the stage to the other, was completed in 2008. Bathroom facilities have also been installed backstage as part of this project, which was wholly self-funded.

The Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to have strong support from its local council, the City of South Perth. The city undertook major renovations to the exterior of the building in 2008 and the theatre is looking better now than ever before.
Eliot McCann
P: 0439 970 530


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