A HILARIOUS exploration of 21st century singles and social graces beds down at the Shenton Park Community Centre this August, as part of Blak Yak Theatre’s latest offering. [note to subs: there is no ‘C’ in Blak Yak]
Written by Perth playwright Martin Lindsay and directed by Dr Melissa Merchant, One Night One Day is a modern farce about the chances people take – and the regrets they have over chances they miss.
Greg and Rachel are both in their late 20s, feeling pressure from family and friends to find “the one” and, instead, find each other.
After a heavy night of drinking, they wake up in bed together with little memory of what happened the night before.
With the help of Bob and Jane, they try to piece together the details from the previous night.
“I’ve spent a lot of time recently researching theatre from the past and I really wanted to rejoin the 21st century,” Merchant said.
“Martin Lindsay’s plays are very funny and when I heard he was adapting his award-winning one-act play One Night Stand Off into a full-length play, I knew it would be something I’d want to direct.
“I also wanted to work with a small cast and have been so lucky to have such a wonderful and experienced group working on the play.”
Active in theatre since 1995, Merchant has worked with Heritage, Kwinana, Harbour, Melville, Blak Yak, Roleystone, Old Mill, KADS, Garrick and Marloo Theatres, Murdoch University and the Graduate Dramatic Society.
She received a best actress award for her role in Insignificance in 2006 at the annual Garrick Theatre awards, as well as scoring a best actress nomination for No Names… No Pack Drill at the 2015 Milly Awards.
In 2006, Merchant directed a stage adaptation of the TV show Coupling, winner of best ensemble cast at the South West Drama Festival – and she was named best writer for her play Never Ever at the same festival in 2015.
She says the main challenge with One Night One Day is the logistics of the action, despite the set being deceptively simple.
“As with any farce, the timing of the action is crucial so, to work out the specifics, we had to rehearse in an actual bedroom,” Merchant said.
One Night One Day plays at 8pm August 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and 7pm August 12. Tickets are $25, $22 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/WYNK.
Please note: the play has adult themes, mild coarse language and the potential for nudity.
Shenton Park Community Centre is at 240 Onslow Road, Shenton Park.
onenight1: Ellin Sears, left, Joel Sammels, Sjaan Lucas and Jarrod Buttery are appearing in One Night One Day. Picture: Michael McAllan
onenight2: Jane (Ellin Sears, left) tries to help Rachel (Sjaan Lucas) piece together the night before in One Night One Day. Picture: Michael McAllan
onenight3: One Night One Day features Sjaan Lucas as Rachel and Jarrod Buttery as Bob. Picture: Michael McAllan
onenight4: Greg (Joel Sammels, right) isn’t particularly enamoured by the help offered by Jane (Ellin Sears) in One Night One Day. Picture: Michael McAllan
Blak Yak Theatre
Blak Yak is a not-for-profit community theatre group. Established in 1993, we have been committed to producing high quality theatre. Our productions have been taken from such diverse sources as William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, Terry Pratchett and even television sitcoms.
We’ve always been an advocate for the underdog, and were originally founded to give first time writers and directors a chance to stage their shows.
We still have that nurturing attitude, and we’re always looking for people, which means that Blak Yak is a great first step into theatre for performers, directors and technicians.
Blak Yak does not have a home. We are one of the few nomadic clubs in the Perth metro area. From Wanneroo to Kwinana and from Fremantle to Kalamunda, we have taken our unique and award-winning brand of theatre all over Perth.
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