Two short plays by South Australian writers about the transitory lives we lead, the stains that wash away and the ones that don’t.
Godfrey by Lucy Campbell Filling In by David Paul Jobling
4 Sep 2012 - 15 Sep 2012
Presented by: SPOKE | DPJ | BlackBox@the Bakehouse
BOOKINGS: www.bakehousetheatre.com or CASH at the door (subject to availability)
255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Pricing: Adults $22/Conc. $18/Fringe Benefits $18/Students $15/Previews $15
Preview Sep 4th
Opening Sep 5th
Season Continues Sep 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 (all at 8pm)
Matinee Sept 15 at 4pm
This short Post-Modern play by South Australian writer DP Jobling premiered in February 1998 at The Performance Space, Sydney, NSW, but it has yet to be staged in South Australia; a method actor shares his innermost thoughts about working in the Australian entertainment industry such as, ‘what do you think about while you play a corpse on a cop show? How do you keep true to the art during post mortem forensic examination while you’re lying on the slab?’
Based on the real experience of the writer, the play has been refreshed for this South Australian premiere with additional material drawn from Jobling's life. Although the play deals with strong themes that include the lingering memories of child sexual abuse, it has a whimsically light hand in the way it reflects on the stains of life that wash away, along with those that don’t .
“I don’t imagine or expect things would have turned out this way for me had I not been a victim of this crime. I still experience embarrassment, shame and panic attacks, bad dreams, loss of sleep and waking. I feel deep anxieties walking through the streets, noticing people near me, feeling crippled, unable to breathe; now, having to allow the realisation that the best part of my life was immeasurably damaged by this incident before I had the opportunity to even become a man, discover my own personality, the person I was naturally growing up to be... I feel all of this even more so; I feel more crippled more despair and more lonely shame.
My life? What life?” - David Paul JOBLING (ABC Pool)
Absurd theatre for the new century; in this occasionally musical, and slightly surreal world premiere, Reginald, a self-abandoned fellow, finds his abandoned self Julian a strange fellow indeed. Waiting, not for Godot, but the bus.. an isolated bus stop where he discovers that until the bus arrives waiting for a bus can be so internally cathartic that nightmares and anxieties about identity can almost be murder.
“The Theatre of the Absurd (French: Théâtre de l'Absurde) is a designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work expressed the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.” – Wikipedia
Performed by Jamie Jewell with David Paul Jobling.