Two highly anticipated shows opened at the Malthouse Theatre last night.
Kicking off the night was Fraught Outfit’s Persona, adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s classic film of the same title, originally premiering at Theatre Works as one of 2012’s absolute favourites, and yet another one of Adena Jacob’s theatrical masterpieces. Karen Sibbing received the Green Room Award for Female Performer (Independent) for this role as Alma, the nurse who openly speaks incessantly to her patient, Elisabet, the actress who suddenly loses her ability to speak after her performance as Sophocles’ Elektra. She remains mum in stark and dramatic contrast, offering a gradual reveal and unexpected shift of the two women’s psyches. If you missed it the first time around, ensure that you are already wielding this golden ticket as they are nearly sold out. (Single seats only, in fact!)
Next up was the first offering of the Helium 2013 season, Sydney based US-A-UM’s Lord of the Flies by William Golding. An elegant all-female cast transform into brutish young boys in an assuredly interesting spectacle where the audiences experience the savagery through lenses that are none too rose-tinted.
After the shows, we spilled outside into the chilly Malthouse courtyard to debrief, displaying our best rugging-up armour to fend off the crisp wintry air.
Stage manager Rebecca Poulter warms up with Lord of the Flies actor Zoe Boesen.
Lord of the Flies director Kip Williams with his exquisitely attired actor, Catherine Davies.
Persona’s Karen Sibbing enveloped in her Dutch grandmother’s stunning red coat, which has kept its immaculate form and condition so as to appear surprisingly new after all these years. It goes to show the attention to craft and detail in those good ol’ days.
Josh Price, gazing into the camera from a distance, appears in The Dragon, which is also playing at the Malthouse at this time.