Lights out, four silhouettes with light strobes rise from the ground… In totters a stray dog with a rope, out it trots.
The world premiere of Sunshine at Red Stitch near Chapel St is full house for the superb talents of its cast. The bold performances of Ella Caldwell, Phil Hayden, Caroline Lee and George Lingard lend intensity and humour to the sombre albeit playful piece.
The poignant four-crew act exposes distinct lives as monologues, with points of intersection among strangers submerged in angst. Parallel vignettes swell sentiment and expectancy in a production that summons haze, rain and strobe lighting inside the intimacy of a dim lit aura.
Sunshine is an innovative performance that flaunts playwright Tom Holloway’s flair for the fragmented and experimental, and director Kirsten von Bibra’s lust for the spoken and unspoken. Together the creatives deliver a narrative of human frailty, an interplay of parallel stories told with the intensity of solitude inside bustle, with the husk of white noise that speaks.
Mood, setting and the confidence of the performance… this act is not a light escape: it is dense, focused. Without interlude start to finish, Sunshine invites you to ponder life and things that matter, really matter.
Running: Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm / Sunday 6.30pm
Matinees: Saturdays at 3pm
Showing until 5 November, book your ticket now: www.redstitch.net or 03 9533 8083
Photo by Jodie Hutchinson
About Eugen Bacon
Eugen M. Bacon studied at Maritime Campus, less than two minutes walk from The Royal Observatory of the Greenwich Meridian. A computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing, Eugen has a PhD in writing. She has published over 100 short stories and creative articles, and has in work a creative non-fiction book and a literary speculative novel. Her short stories are published in journals, magazines & anthologies worldwide. Eugen is editor of MELBOURNE Magazine and sub-editor of FICTION Magazine at The Australia Times.
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