Lost is My Quiet | The Prickly Pear Ensemble

Lost is My QuietLeft - Craig Fong & Kate McGinniskin. Cover - Kate McGinniskin & Ethan Tomas

Has anyone ever told you they saw you at a place where you haven’t been? Ever wondered if there might be another ‘you’ out there?

This is one of the questions asked in Lost is My Quiet, which deals with the intersecting issues of truth, identity and guilt. Jody Fielding is a pulp fiction writer with few moral scruples, who uses the material fed to him by Libbie, the ex-hooker staying at his apartment on the condition that she shares her salacious stories with him.

When Simon bursts onto the set, believing he is being shadowed by his doppelganger — a ‘double walker’ that is thought by some to accompany every person — the tone of the play changes. The audience witness both Simon the born-again Christian and Simon the violent, sarcastic serial killer. Memories from the past start to surface and we learn about Jody and Simon’s relationship and the events leading to their separation.

As the lines become blurred between ‘good’ Simon and ‘evil’ Simon, by the end of the play it is unclear who was responsible for the final – and most devastating — act we witness Simon committing. We also see a different side to Jody, who becomes more than a voyeur to the events he records for his stories, ending up with blood on his hands.

The simple set and the intimacy of Northbridge’s Blue Room provides the ideal space for the three member cast to work in. When Jody waves his gun around dramatically and points it into the darkness, it is only about 20 centimetres from an audience member, who looks around nervously.

The actors are believable and interact well with each other. Craig Fong as Simon stumbled over his lines occasionally, but his actual appearance lent his part credibility — his face has the look of someone who has experienced hardship. Kate McGinniskin as Libbie is sensual with a suitable air of desperation. Jody Fielding, played by Ethan Tomas is perhaps the strongest actor of the three. He played his part with relish and although his character was hard to like, he effectively captured the callous enthusiasm of Jody’s character.

The director and author of Lost is My Quiet is Perth author John Aitken, who has written over thirty stage plays and is on the staff of the International Schools Theatre Assocation. The script was lively and well-written and although the acting was a little stiff at times, some interesting questions were raised and the play moved quickly enough to keep the audience engaged.


The Blue Room with The Prickly Pear Ensemble present
Lost Is My Quiet
a play by John Aitken

Venue: The Blue Room Theatre | 53 James Street Northbridge
Preview: Wednesday May 16
Dates: Thursday May 17 - Saturday May 19; Tuesday May 22 - Saturday May 26; Tuesday May 29 - Saturday June 2
Times: 6.30 pm Tuesday - Thursday; 9pm Friday & Saturday
Tickets: $20/$15conc. PACS Members $15/$10conc.; Groups 6+ $12. Tuesdays ALL tickets $10
Bookings: 9227 7005 / www.pacs.org.au


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