Time is the enemy of a writer covering a festival – here are two shows that deserve contemplation for all who see them, even more so from the commentators. This far into the 2012 Sydney Festival, reviewers are proving their stamina, or lack thereof. I tend to jog along with the second pack. Not out of the race, but struggling for air. I’d like to say a lot about these two shows: Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company) at the Wharf and The Boys (Griffin) at the Stables. I’d also very much like to be at the Symposium today on Aboriginal Theatre. But normal life events – like seeing my GP whenever he can squeeze me in – also can’t keep piling up forever.
Both of these shows are set in an Australian backyard. And, though very different in tone and form, each have significant creative histories. Force Majeure – Kate Champion (director) with Roz Hervey (associate director) and Geoff Cobham (designer) – has been evolving a performance language that combines movements Read the rest of this entry »