Neil Gooding (Director) presents STALKING THE BOGEYMAN, David Holthouse and Markus Potter’s stage adaptation of Holthouse’s very personal story of being a victim of childhood rape, with care and confronting clarity. Based on Holthouse’s article with the same title first published in Westword on 13 May 2004, this production presented by Neil Gooding Productions and New York Rep gives a first hand account of the damage of childhood sexual assault and having to keep it a secret for 25 years.
As Holthouse’s parents Nancy and Robert, Deborah Jones and Noel Hodda capture the quintessential American couple wanting to fit in and make friends in their new hometown in in the Chugiak,outside of Anchorage Alaska. Both ensure that David’s parents are seen as caring and compassionate people that want to protect their son but also having an innocence so that the thought that their friend’s son could be hurting their child never crosses their mind. Hodda’s expression of Robert’s moment with a young David playing catch before bed is heartbreaking as the father has no idea why his child is hurting so much and Jones’ portrayal of a fiercely protective mother once the truth is unveiled is brilliant in her control and underlying anger as she finishes her call to her former friends with “I hope your son eventually gets caught and spends the rest of his life getting raped in prison”.
“This time last year I was plotting to kill a man.”
Twenty-five years after he was sexually assaulted, David Holthouse learns that his ‘bogeyman’ has moved into his new neighbourhood. Armed with a pistol and a plan, he plots to enact revenge on the man who stole his childhood.
STALKING THE BOGEYMAN was first written by Holthouse as a first-hand account in the Denver Westword newspaper and subsequently featured as a podcast on This American Life. Holthouse has now adapted his thrilling story into a play with award-winning playwright Markus Potter.
The House of Bernarda Alba is opening this week at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio. Renowned playwright Patricia Cornelius takes Federico García Lorca’s classic tragedy out of the villages of Spain and into the heat of rural Western Australia to explore themes of passion, repression and isolation. Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, this production features BMEG’s Candy Bowers and runs from May 25 to July 7.
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
With their mining-mogul father dead, the Alba household is in mourning. All four daughters have been called home by their matriarch mother to pay their respects and bunker down in the family home. The future seems wildly uncertain for all but the eldest sister, who has inherited a fortune and is engaged to the local heartthrob. But as tensions rise and tempers flare, will any of them have the power to alter their destiny?
Running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with no interval.
Argan is a needy and controlling patriarch of a household of women, and his hypochondria is the perfect means to keep them at his beck and call. But when his self-obsession extends to selling off his daughter in return for on-tap medical attention, his housekeeper Toinette decides it’s time to fight back.
The Hypochondriac critiques a society of overdiagnosis and over-prescription that has us clamouring for short-cut fixes and pharmaceuticals.
The Hypochondriac is a hilarious farce for our times where all’s well that ends well and a little bit of sense triumphs over the unreasonable.
The Mathematics of Longing is a love story of whimsical delight and earnest gravity; a new work by internationally renowned Australian playwright Suzie Miller, with trailblazing Gold Coast based dance-theatre company, The Farm.
“‘Hufflepuffs’ finally get their moment in HILARIOUS Potter play, ‘PUFFS’!!” declares Mashable. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
The play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school.
Running time is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Regarded as many as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the ultimate mother-daughter story – the sophisticated, gripping, funny and heartbreaking tale of Madame Rose, and her fight for her daughters success, not matter what the cost.
Set all across America in the 1920’s, Arthur Laurent’s landmark show sees Rose, Louise and June grapple their act the dying days of vaudeville, and the birth of a shocking new form of entertainment – burlesque. Rose’s fanatic determination pushes her family’s loyalty to breaking point, but from the most unlikely of places emerges one of the twentieth century’s most illustrious and ingenious entertainers – Gypsy Rose Lee.
The celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim is packed with classic songs, including ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘Some People’, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’, ‘Together Wherever We Go’, ‘You Gotta Get a Gimmick’, and the iconic ‘Rose’s Turn’.
Ruby’s Wish, a heart-warming, imagination filled show for ages 6 and up opens this month across Australia. Presented by MAKEbeLIVE Productions and Cubbyhouse Co, the show features BMEG’s Adriano Cappelletta as a co-writer and performer.
Ruby is seven and three quarters. She is everything a little girl should be: brazen, hopeful and bright-eyed. But unlike other little girls, Ruby is sick and spends most of her time in hospital.
Through an unlikely friendship with a tongue tied clown doctor called Dr Audi-Yo!, Ruby’s hospital room is transformed into a wonderland of mop monsters and bed caves, where anything can happen and wishes really do come true!
Ruby’s Wish combines beautiful puppets, sensational clowning, original music and a magical beat boxing costume into a heart-warming, visual spectacular that will enchant children and parents alike.
A revolving door of sexual encounters in the heat of a Brisbane Summer.
We live our lives by chance, desire and fortune.
Wheel of Fortune is a real and scandalous documentation that is part play and part film. Weirdly erotic, the ugly, the obscene, the beautiful, the strange and the sometimes disturbing lustful adventures of Brisbanians are presented on stage.
A Transsexual allures an American Marine, who captivates an Au Pair, who is seduced by a School Boy who then charms his School Teacher, who is married to a Lawyer that is secretly tantalising a Socialite, who happens by chance to titillate a Portrait Photographer who once had a love affair with a Stage Actress who ravishes a Politician and who in turn enchants the attention of the Transsexual
From the Producer of Sex with Strangers and True West, this production is brings together Queensland’s finest actors in collaboration with Optic Archive – Brisbane’s newest screen production collective.
A shipwreck sets in motion a wild and whimsical tale of mistaken identities, separated twins, rebellious servants, unrequited love and a pair of ridiculous yellow stockings. After the twelfth night, the land of Illyria will never be the same.
Washed ashore and separated from her twin brother, the plucky Viola must learn to survive alone in an exotic foreign country. Disguising herself as a man, she quickly becomes entangled in a web of amorous pursuits gone awry. As Cupid’s arrows send dukes and countesses running in disastrous directions, a wacky entourage of servants and drunken freeloaders watch on in amusement.
Running time approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.