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, 29 May 2013
Button, May 30, 2013 ***
Button by Carole Patullo & Jane Bayly
La Mama Courthouse, May 29 to June 16, 2013 Reviewer:
Kate Herbert Stars:***
Button is cute as a button.
This review is not published in Herald Sun. KH
devised and performed by Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly, is an engaging and
lyrical piece with a peculiar way of being both charming and portentous,
simultaneously attracting and repelling an audience with its oddball characters
and their surprising behaviours.
Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly
simply and stylishly by Melanie Beddie, Button’s disparate elements are woven
together by a thread of narrative about the burgeoning friendship between two
single, middle-aged women who live in adjoining homes and meet over a jar of
distinctive non-naturalistic, verbal, visual and physical style combines poetic
language that captures the minutiae of the characters’ individual observations
about their surroundings, with a deliberately heightened delivery style, an
abstracted narrative and stylised movement.
two women are totally different personalities and their stories and mannerisms
are both funny and poignant.
plays an eccentric, isolated, obsessive and – let’s be honest – hilariously
weird woman who collects buttons, and whose moods swing from relentless
cheerfulness to sudden, unnerving but fleeting outbursts of rage.
character, although more connected to the real world, suffers loneliness,
anxiety and isolation since the departure or death of her partner, and both
muse on the idiosyncrasies of life and the disappointments of ageing and
Farnan’s live music subtly underscores the relationship, providing another
layer to the emotional landscape of these two dysfunctional creatures, and the
pulsating, metronome-like tone beats out the swiftly passing time of their
amongst the dialogue are quirky little songs that gently probe the human
condition, with the pair pondering such notions as, “If no one cares, I’m not
here”, “The things I haven’t done yet”, and “I’m not dead yet”.
really is cute as a button.
Button is part of 2013 VCE Drama Playlist
"It’s just a little disc. A useful, beautiful thing... it holds us together. Two women live alone but side by side. One day they meet over a jar of buttons and an awkward friendship begins... An intimate show with a wonderful balance of light and dark, humour and contemplation, plus fantastic live music and songs."
Media Release - Button
Devised and performed by Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly