Saturday, September 5th, 2009
EXPLORATIONS of love – and the willingness to do things for love – come to the fore in the Old Mill Theatre’s latest production The Shape of Things.

Written by Neil LaBute and directed by Susan Lynch, the play is set in a small university town in the American mid-west and focuses on the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically involved with each other.

Lynch describes it is a sharply perceptive play that is smart, humorous and well-observed, as it explores the nature of human relationships.

“It charts the metamorphosis of the character Adam into something else under the direction of Evelyn, who sets out to change everything about him from his looks, his thinking, to his way of dressing,” she said.

“The play looks at why she’s doing this – is it for love or is there some other motive?

“I read the play a couple of years ago and was drawn to themes of transformation and manipulation of the human will.”

Made into a film in 2003, the play’s title is a reference to the future of art and the apparent shock of the new to come.

“It follows up on the question of what makes a work of art, which I looked at when directing the play Art in 2007,” Lynch said.

“In many ways, The Shape of Things parallels the Frankenstein story, with Evelyn trying to create a ‘better’ man out of Adam.

“The play has many inter-related aspects, revolving around the ideas of pretence, artificiality, pretension, truth, motivation and desire.”

Among the cast assembled are Tom Walding as Adam, Sjaan Bosman as Evelyn, David Bruce as Phillip and Eilannan Dhu as Jenny.

The Shape of Things plays at 8pm, September 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 with a 2pm matinee September 13. Tickets are $20 and $15 concession – book on 9367 8719.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel).

Tom and Sjaan2.jpeg: Tom Walding as Adam and Sjaan Bosman as Evelyn in The Shape of Things this September.

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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. We are therefore celebrating our official 60th birthday party this year.

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 our 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 is wholly self-funded.

The Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to have strong support from our 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.
Susan Lynch
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