Playwave Creative

REVIEW: Small Mouth Sounds

REVIEW: Small Mouth Sounds
Small Mouth Sounds is a witty comedy, executed with life and enthusiasm. The story takes place in a meditation retreat, and when our six participants take a vow of silence, they have to survive the next few days without the most human means of communication: words.

REVIEW / INTERVIEW FEATURE: Extinction of the Learned Response

REVIEW / INTERVIEW FEATURE: Extinction of the Learned Response

A grind of thoughts and feelings that characterise before our eyes, Emme Hoy’s Extinction of a Learned Response is a new work showing as part of the 25A Belvoir independent season, filling the stage with an eerie glimpse into a dystopian nihilistic future.

After seeing the performance, Lara was lucky enough to interview playwright Emme Hoy on her motivation and meanings behind Extinction of a Learned Response.

INTERVIEW FEATURE: Alice in Slasherland

INTERVIEW FEATURE: Alice in Slasherland

Hell. Demons. A senior prom night in danger. Vietnamese American playwright, Qui Nguyen’s Alice in Slasherland is outrageous, unapologetic and currently playing at the Old Fitz for Sydney audiences.

I was lucky enough to catch not one, not two, but SIX of the cast from Alice in Slasherland, before they jumped into their tech run. Welcomed into the space with warm arms, this charming group of young creatives were all in good spirits.

REVIEW: The Australian Ballet's VERVE - Dress Rehearsal

REVIEW: The Australian Ballet's VERVE - Dress Rehearsal
The Australian Ballet presents a contrasting compilation of three uniquely striking performances. Verve is vigour, spirit and enthusiasm; Constant VariantsAurum, and Filigree and Shadow. Between these three distinctly different dances we are circulated through the most extreme and subtle emotional ventures. Invited by Playwave's newest partners, The Friends of the Australian Ballet, I was given the exclusive opportunity to watch their intimate dress rehearsals.

FEATURE: How to get your friends to experience art and culture with you

FEATURE: How to get your friends to experience art and culture with you

I enjoy seeing shows on my own. The same way I love wandering through the art gallery, and going to restaurants by myself; it’s really nice to be on your own, and take yourself out on a little date.

 However, often I end up going to theatre on my own, not out of choice, but rather because I couldn’t find anyone to come with me.

RESPONSE: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

RESPONSE: Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Playwave’s own Nicole Pingon and I have quite often found ourselves pondering theatre and environmentalism; how the two can be bridged and what role the body plays in storytelling. In our spare time, we often speculate that theatre breaks away from text and dialogue to see bodies speak of and to the things that are more than human. Little did I know, as the months were passing, Nicole and the Little Eggs Collective were working to do just that.

INTERVIEW: Venus in Fur

INTERVIEW: Venus in Fur
Young Director Emma Burns brings a unique production of Venus In Fur, a 21st century play written by David Ives, to the stage at 107 Projects. It’s a play within a play, following the audition of Wanda for the role of an impossible woman. Caitlin Williams and Zach Selmes play a strong duo fearless in representing our current social issues of gender expectations. Playwave Creative Lara Franzi was lucky enough to catch up with the director and cast before their upcoming premiere at 107 Projects. 

FEATURE: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

FEATURE: Rime of the Ancient Mariner
As the premiere of their new devised take on Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner at KXT approaches, Playwave Creative Brianna was lucky enough to be welcomed into their devising space to have a peek at where the Little Eggs Collective are at.

INTERVIEW FEATURE: Dead Cat Bounce

INTERVIEW FEATURE: Dead Cat Bounce
Dead Cat Bounce follows the story of Gabriel Freeman, an alcoholic writer in his late 40s, his new, younger girlfriend Matilda, his ex Angela and her new partner Tony. And Gabriel's cat, who they are still, for some reason, looking after. Carmella Winter spoke to the writer, Mary Rachel Brown about the show and the questions it arose for her.

REVIEW: How To Rule The World

REVIEW: How To Rule The World

From Parliament House to cocaine, dodge balls to dance sequences; Nakkiah Lui’s new political comedy, How to Rule the World, presents us with a melting pot of skit-like comedy, direct address, and musical elements, to create a colourful picture of Australia’s political climate today.

Political, satirical, and packed with big ideas, the show presents itself as a degustation menu, giving us a delicious taste of intersectionality, race, media sensationalism and the radical steps people are willing to take to have their opinions voiced.

INTERVIEW FEATURE: The Wolves

INTERVIEW FEATURE: The Wolves
Fun, high energy and relatable. Three (or so) words I would use to describe Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist play The Wolves. Having missed out on the debut season last year at the Old Fitz, when I was offered not only to attend the Belvoir St Theatre preview but to interview Nikita Waldron (player #46), I jumped at the chance (and up and down with joy).  

REVIEW: Sleep, Perchance to Dream

REVIEW: Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Sleep, Perchance to Dream is a whirlwind through the trapped mind of sweet Ophelia and her crumbled world. Central coast artist Alexandra Travers brings us this striking performance of rhythm and insanity. She throws us a twist to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, through her unique monologue and ideals that craft this new modern-day portrayal.

It is a wild and unchained performance that seems to grow in both meaning and necessity and still provides answers for our most troubled questions as our society continues to cycle around Shakespeare’s traditional morals.

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