AUDIENCES will get an insight into the audition process as a play-within-a-play comes to life at The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge this February.
Presented by Groovy Boots Theatre as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014, Do You Get My Meaning? spoofs the experimental theatre experience.
The play has already been cast and the actors know their roles – yet they’re made to feel they’re improvising, knowing they’re auditioning for a role they already have.
A spanner gets thrown in the works when an audition occurs by accident and the intruder notices the play doesn’t have an ending.
Writer and director Chris Greenwood was motivated to write a show for FRINGE WORLD after seeing some local productions at the 2013 event.
“My wife suggested I should write something if I thought it was so easy,” he said. “I tried to maintain an experimental theme for the show with a series of meaty roles for the players.
“The intruder who accidentally auditions adds a spontaneous flavour to the play and he turns out to be more of a help than a hindrance.”
It was Greenwood’s performance as a boulder – yes, a rock – in a Year 2 nativity play at Gnowangerup Primary School that got him hooked on the theatre arts.
From the mid-80s to mid-90s, he worked as a drama teacher and then spent 17 years in Esperance, performing at the historic Bijou Theatre in productions such as Cosi, Guys and Dolls, It's My Party, The Importance of Being Earnest and Hotel Sorrento.
Groovy Boots Theatre was set up as an independent production company by Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett in 2010 to deliver paid acting opportunities for actors, under a profit-share agreement.
The results have a been sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola, the WA premiere of the bizarre Christmas comedy The Eight: Reindeer Monologues and a season of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand described by one of the playwrights as “possibly the definitive version”.
Greenwood appeared as several characters in Felafel and his observations of the show’s audition, rehearsal and performance process helped him craft the script for Do You Get My Meaning?
In addition to writing and directing the show for FRINGE WORLD, he’s also appearing in it – as the director taking people through the auditions.
“I know that will mean plenty of challenges for me but I have a strong cast to bring off a slightly obscure script using minimal movement and meaty characterisations,” Greenwood said.
Do You Get My Meaning? plays at 7.30pm February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22, followed by Groovy Boots Theatre’s other FRINGE WORLD show The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy which plays at 8.45pm on the same dates.
Tickets for each show are $17.50 – book at www.fringeworld.com.au.
Please note: this is an adults-only event that contains coarse language and adult themes.
The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge is at 639 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, on the corner of Grosvenor Road (near Walcott Street).
FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014 will be held from January 24 to February 23.
meaning1: Do You Get My Meaning? is a play-within-a-play at FRINGE WORLD, spoofing experimental theatre, featuring Brendan Ellis, Dayle Rasmussen, Chris Greenwood, Tamiah Bantum, Josh Crane and Nicole Miller. (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
meaning2: A play-within-a-play comes to life at FRINGE WORLD with Brendan Ellis, Dayle Rasmussen, Chris Greenwood, Josh Crane, Nicole Miller, and Tamiah Bantum appearing in Do You Get My Meaning? (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
meaning3: Ryan (Brendan Ellis) unintentionally becomes part of a play in Do You Get My Meaning? and doesn’t quite know what to make of the other actors, such as Veronica (Nicole Miller). (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
Groovy Boots Theatre
Groovy Boots Theatre is the brainchild of Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett, who both have an extensive background in Perth’s theatre scene with more than 25 years’ combined experience in Perth theatre.
Wanting to take theatre a step up to the next level, their vision is to stage productions where cast and crew will be paid for their efforts.
Already, Groovy Boots Theatre has performed the West Australian premiere of Reality Matters at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and toured the show to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in May 2010 on behalf of Stage Left Theatre. It staged a sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola in October 2010, followed by a one-off show - also sold out - in April 2011.
The company also staged the WA premiere of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, at Lazy Susan's Comedy Den in late 2012 and a season of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand in 2013 at The Flying Scotsman's Velvet Lounge, described by one of the playwrights as “possibly the definitive version”.
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