I must admit I was wary about to heading to Sunshine on a cold and dreary Friday night. Partly because a dear friend of mine has been watching far too much Underbelly and warned me against heading to the Western suburbs, and partly because all I’ve ever heard about is the dodgy goings-on that occur in Sunshine. Because of these (unfounded) prejudices, The Euro Masonic Hall was the last place I expected to find a clever and darkly funny cabaret.
Director Pauline Agius has achieved the impossible with Obsession, she has brought inner-city culture to the outer suburbs and helped to dispel a few rumours about Sunshine.
The circus themed cabaret is inspired by those seven deadly sins that continue to plague society in one way or another. Combining music, dance, physical theatre and acrobatics is no easy feat, but the talented cast (all Western suburbs residents,) kept to the dynamic and quick-witted pace the cabaret set from the beginning.
Set in purgatory, seven characters are found guilty of their sins (Vanity, Lust, Greed etc.) and are given the chance to be redeemed or condemned. Through clever writing and wonderful musicianship the sinners take the audience on a journey of pain pleasure and everything in between. Through the moments that shape us, and the decisions that define us, Obsession makes you think about the consequences of a wrong decision and it possible cataclysmic effects.
Agius and Moving Theatre co-founder Sean Moran continue to bring the arts to Sunshine. For this alone they should be commended, young performers need an outlet and they are so often hard to come by beyond the CBD and inner suburbs.
Obsession is obviously a wonderful prelude of many more great things to come.
Moving Theatre presents
Directed by Pauline Agius
Venue: The Euro Masonic Hall | 93 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine
Dates: 30 September – 9 October, 2011
Tickets: $25 – $23
Part of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival