WHAT happens when your best friend dreams about your wife – on the night your wife has the exact same dream about him?
It’s an idea explored in Marble at Marloo Theatre, written by famed Irish playwright Marina Carr and directed by Rodney van Groningen.
Art and Ben work for the same company, their lives controlled by board meetings and high-level presentations.
They have been friends since childhood and both have beautiful stay-at-home, self-indulgent wives.
Art idly tells Ben he has dreamt of his friend’s wife as a blonde, wildly fulfilling sexual partner in a room lined with marble and decorated with marble statues.
Disturbed, Ben then finds his wife Catherine has had a similar dream about Art.
Playwright Carr is the author of more than a dozen critically-acclaimed plays and has received the 1998 Irish Times Playwright Award, EM Foster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Windham-Campbell Prize, one of the world’s most lucrative literary honours.
“Marble is a ground-breaking contemporary play,” van Groningen said.
“It explores how those who have it all cope with the dull routine of everyday life – and how far will they go to escape it.
“Love becomes an issue rather than an experience and an object of unattainable desire that must be suppressed.
“I think the staging of the play will be a challenge, especially achieving the balance between dream and reality during the scene changes.
“A room almost becomes the fifth character in the play.”
Involved in theatre for more than 35 years, van Groningen started at Garrick Theatre in 1981 and has since appeared in plethora of productions with Marloo, Garrick and KADS Theatres and the Graduate Dramatic Society.
He also appeared at the Regal Theatre in ‘Allo ‘Allo with Serial Productions and is often a part of the backstage crew at Marloo and Garrick Theatres.
“When the opportunity to direct Marble presented itself, I was inspired by the material,” van Groningen said.
“Marina Carr is a renowned Irish playwright – and working with a cast of this calibre, featuring four of Perth’s top actors, was something I could not pass on.”
Marble plays 8pm February 23, 24, 28, March 2, 3, 7, 9 and 10 with 2pm matinees February 25 and March 4. Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book on 6270 1465 or at www.trybooking.com/SUMS.
Marloo Theatre is at 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount (off Innamincka Road).
marble1: Catherine (Krysia Wiechecki, left) and Ben (Peter Clark) share a tender moment – before a dream changes everything in Marble.
marble2: Art imitates life in Marble with real-life husband and wife Joe and Kylie Isaia playing married couple Art and Anne.
marble3: Tensions come to the fore in the relationship between Catherine (Krysia Wiechecki, left) and Ben (Peter Clark) in Marble.
marble4: Marble sees desperate passions erupt between Art (Joe Isaia) and Anne (Kylie Isaia) – husband and wife in real life and on stage.
Marloo Theatre: Darlington Theatre Players
Darlington Theatre Players Inc. (DTP) was established to encourage participation in all aspects of theatrical arts. Formalised from an existing group in the artistic hills of Darlington east of Perth, Western Australia, in 1956, early performances were in the local hall, formerly a wine cellar. Following representations from DTP, the local shire built the main hall next to the existing hall in 1960, and later rebuilt the stage house and added the verandah and toilet block to the structure in 1978.
Competing pressure from other hall users forced DTP to look for other premises and, in 1984, they took up a lease on the disused old Greenmount Primary School in Marloo Road. After several building projects financed from their own resources, and from Federal, State and Local Government grants, DTP have one of the best-equipped local theatres, known as Marloo Theatre, in the Perth area.
Every year DTP, put on four or five main season, as well as three or four other events at Marloo, encompassing classical dramas, comedies, musicals and pantomimes. These can often fill the 11m wide, 6m deep and 4m high main stage, with 4m deep back stage area.
DTP is commitmed to encouraging new member involvement both on and off stage.
Rodney van Groningen
M: 0405 810 145