Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Unnamed, 5Pound Theatre, Nov 20, 2012 **1/2
and the Pussycat, until Nov 24, 2012
Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Nov 20, 2012
Stars: 2&1/2 Review published in Herald Sun on Tues Nov 27, 2012
5POUND THEATRE GETS POINTS FOR BRAVERY for their intrepid attempt to rehearse and stage five
productions in repertory over five weeks, and for devising and staging this
third production, Unnamed, in five days. Bravo!
Unnamed has all the
hallmarks of a quickly devised show: simple set, limited dialogue, thematic
approach, abstract concept and some interesting elements mingled with less
In the tiny, brick-lined
space at the Owl and the Pussycat, five actors dressed in white, forensic jumpsuits
and dust masks, perform a repetitive, monotonous, production-line routine that
involves capturing sand in buckets again and again.
Repetition is your friend
when devising show, and the company, with director, Danny Delahunty, uses
repetition to explore the dullness of mechanical, menial and meaningless tasks
and subservient behaviour.
obediently, the workers rush like rats in a wheel to catch the pouring stream
of sand, sieve it, roll it, categorise it, test it, wrap it, sweep it, then
send it out the mysterious door to an unknown controller in an unseen world.
Their peculiar but
comforting routine is interrupted when the light dims and the sand stops
flowing, so they struggle to overcome their fear of the unknown and their
inability to think independently.
Unnamed is a simple
allegory for submissive human behaviour and the repression that prevents creative
thought and action, and leads to poor decisions, group crisis and chaos.
The stage becomes
dangerous and chaotic as these two-dimensional characters appear to be in a
living hell where uncertainty and other people are their punishment.
This play deals in a
simple way with repression, enslavement and the human need for order.
Now let this company get
By Kate Herbert
Creative Team: Director, Danny Delahunty; Devised by the
company; Lighting, Doug Montgomery; Costume, Jennifer Sawyer Cast:Jason Cavanagh,Susannah Frith, Sebastian Gunner, Tom
Molyneux, Freya Pragt
Week 4, Nov 26th – Dec 1:Falling
Petals by Ben Ellis, Directed by Rob Reid. 5Pound Theatre Week 5, Dec 3-8: After
Hamlet, directed by Trent Baker 5Pound Theatre